April 18, 2012

Cohutta man finishes in top 400 in Boston Marathon

From Staff Reports
sports@daltoncitizen.com

— Dean Thompson, a 46-year-old Cohutta resident, finished 316th of 22,535 participants Monday in an unseasonably hot Boston Marathon.

Thompson, the winner of each of the first two Dalton Red Carpet Half Marathons in 2010 and 2011, ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 54 minutes and 32 seconds. The temperature reached 89 degrees during the race, which was in its 116th running. Of those who started the race, 21,603 finished before the official time clocks were turned off at 6 p.m.

According to a story from The Associated Press, the heat left 2,181 runners seeking help at Boston Athletic Association medical tents — a record for the event — with as many as 500 more treated at Red Cross stations.

Wesley Koir of Kenya emerged the winner in 2:12.40, almost 10 minutes slower than the time posted by Geoffrey Mutai in 2011. Sharon Cherop, also of Kenya, paced the females in 2:31.50.