Chu, Heinrich are Alaska's top Boston Marathon finishers

sports@adn.comApril 15, 2013 

Steve Chu of Eielson Air Force Base was the top Alaska finisher at Monday's Boston Marathon, which was marred by explosions at the finish line that killed three people and injured more than 100.

Dozens of Alaskans annually run Boston, the most celebrated marathon in the world.

Chu, 30, clocked 2 hours, 54 minutes, 31 seconds. Second among Alaskans, according to results from the Boston Athletic Association, the event organizer, was John Bursell, 49, of Juneau, who ran 2:59:21. Third among Alaskans was Michael Wheatall, 52, of Anchorage, in 3:01:08.

Jessica Heinrich, 33, of Anchorage, was reported in results as the fastest Alaska woman, clocking 3:29:14. Roberta Spayd, 39, of Anchorage was second among Alaska women in 3:29:33 and Brittany Sedlacek, 27, of Anchorage, was third in 3:39:00.

Also, Shirley Reilly, who was born in Barrow and won the women's wheelchair division at Boston last year, finished fourth among women Monday in 1:52:19.

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