It was probably one of the hottest marathons on record, with runners battling unseasonably warm 84-degree heat in April in Boston, but Lorton residents Vanja Dokic and Rosemary Spraker completed the Boston Marathon Monday.
Dokic's time was 4:33:03. Spraker completed the 26.2-mile marathon in 4:00:54. They were among 22,000 who ran the annual race.
Kenyan native Wesley Korir, 29, crossed the finish line first on Monday with a time of 2:12:40. As the winner, Korir received $150,000. News stories noted that he came to the United States to attend college from an impoverished family, and used to run five miles to school each day.
Two women from Lorton have registered to compete in the 116th running of the Boston Marathon Monday morning.
Vanja Dokic, 29, and Rosemary Spraker, 48, are both listed as participants in the elite event.
Patch will have an update on their finishing times Monday evening.
Qualifying times are more stringent for the Boston Marathon this year, with the youngest eligible runners (those ages 18 to 24) needing to complete a qualifying marathon in 3 hours, 5 minutes for men and 3 hours, 35 minutes for women. This is 5 minutes faster than 2012 qualifying times for both genders.
Different qualifying times are set for various age groups and for people in wheelchairs or with other physical challenges.
The mobility impaired divisions start at 9 a.m. Monday, elite female runners start at 9:32 a.m. and most other runners will begin at 10 a.m. or later.
Weather May Impact Finishing Times
The weather Monday in Boston is expected to be hot and sunny, with high temperatures in the mid 80s, which can be dangerous for marathoners.
High temperatures have a substantial impact on finishing times, according to runtri.com. In 2010, the average finishing time was 4:43:38 when temperatures were in the high 70s.
Here in Virginia, temperatures will be in the low 80s and sunny.