Ritchie leads Alaskans at Boston Marathon

South wrestling coach is followed by Saari, who comes in 129th place.

Anchorage Daily NewsApril 16, 2012 

In relatively searing heat for any marathon, let along a spring one -- temperatures rose into the 80s for Monday's Boston Marathon - Anchorage's Tom Ritchie nonetheless delivered his highest placement to lead about three dozen Alaskans in the country's most storied 26.2-mile race.

Ritchie, 38, the athletic director and wrestling coach at South High, clocked 2 hours, 38 minutes, 39 seconds.

While that was about four minutes slower than his time last year (2:34:29), when he finished 123rd, it was swift enough in brutal conditions to vault him into 74th place.

This is the fifth straight year Ritchie has run Boston.

Former Mount Marathon and Equinox Marathon champion Matias Saari, 41, of Anchorage, finished second among Alaskans in 2:44:29, good for 129th place overall in a race that drew more than 22,000 starters. More than 4,000 registered runners deferred their race until 2013 because of the predicted temperatures for Monday's 116th edition of the race.

Heather Gaines, 33, of Soldotna, was the fastest Alaska woman, clocking 3:28.45 to finish 364th among women.

On his training blog, Ritchie wrote that he hoped to run 2:32 or faster, but conditions rendered that goal unlikely to be met -- men's winner Wesley Korir of Kenya clocked 2:12:40, more than nine minutes slower than Geoffrey Mutai's 2011 race record of 2:03:02.

Third among Alaskans was Alan Stoll, 32, of Anchorage, who ran 3:05:11 to finish 745th overall.

Randy Wiest, 60, of Homer, crossed in 3:30:16 to finish 11th in the men's 60-64 age group.

Monday's Boston Marathon

Alaska finishers

Tom Ritchie, 38, Anchorage, 2:38:39; Matias Saari, 41, Anchorage; 2:44:29.

Alan Stoll, 32, Anchorage, 3:05:11; David Johnston, 42, Wasilla, 3:20:46; Jeff Heuseveldt, 41, Anchorage, 3:22:32; Dugan Greenwell, 34, Anchorage, 3:24:42; Aaron Martin, 32, Fairbanks, 3:29:48; Brad Garland, 44, Anchorage, 3:38:53; Heather Gaines, 33, Soldotna, 3:28:45 (top Alaska woman); Randy Wiest, 60, Homer, 3:30:16; Anthony Arturo, 42, Anchorage, 3:37:29; Clay Crossett, 51, Anchorage, 3:45:14; Eric Meier, 44, Anchorage, 3:48:27.

Amie Wu, 32, Anchorage, 3:49:48; Stan Flagel, 49, Anchorage, 3:50:27; Aaron Kennedy, 33, Kwethluk, 3:51:22; Curt Snyder, 40, Anchorage, 3:51:52; Andy Holland, 55, Fairbanks, 3:55:24; Stephanie Kuhn, 34, Eagle River, 3:59:26; Greg Finstad, 57, Fairbanks, 3:59:44.

Erika Van Flein, 52, Fairbanks, 4:04:15; Christina Case, 39, Anchorage, 4:15:41; Bruce Davidson, 63, Anchorage, 4:16:33; Dale McMurren, 53, Wrangell, 4:17:05; Dee Dee Wilson-Wright, 48, Copper Center, 4:17:36; Jill McLeod, 45, Anchorage, 4:25:17; David Rand, 45, Anchorage, 4:25:17; Jacquelym Minge, 50, Anchorage, 4:42:25; Ruth Buchanan, 53, Anchorage, 4:48:18; Janet Mamikunian, 50, Anchorage, 4:49:16; Pam Day, 53, Juneau, 4:53:05.

Carrie Macaulay, 40, Juneau, 5:02:45; Stephen Langhorst, 55, Sitka, 5:12:41; Douglas Harvey, 61, Anchorage, 5:27:39; Charles Harvey, 66, Anchorage, 5:41:17; Sarah Hurkett, 29, Eagle River, 5:45:38.

Thomas McCarty, 58, Anchorage, 6:20:04.

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