In Boston and Chicago, Some Local Color

09 OCT 2011
In Boston and Chicago, Some Local Color

Columbus Day Weekend marks the height of Fall in New England, highlighted by the unparalleled fall foliage - and the running of the B.A.A. Half Marathon! On Sunday, October 9, 2011, a day that felt more like summer than mid-fall, close to 40 B.A.A. club members participated in the 11th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon. The finish was showered with local color, specifically the yellow singlet of the B.A.A. competitors, as they took a number of the top places in the competitive field.

As he was in 2010, Tim Ritchie was the first B.A.A. athlete across the line with his seventh place overall finish. He also earned the distinction of being the first American finisher in 2011. Ritchie's time of 1:05:29 is the fastest ever run by a B.A.A. runner by over 2 minutes. The previous best was 1:07:38 set by Will Dobbie in 2009. Ritchie also managed to better his own course PR by 2:20 and finish three places higher than last year. The B.A.A. would place six more athletes in the top 25 to secure the Men's Open Team title with room to spare: Eric Ashe (11th), David Emerson (12th, Michael Keebler (15th, and Paul Ryan (16th) rounded out the team scoring with their top-20 places. Roger Donaghy was close behind in 20th place and the 2001 B.A.A. Half Marathon Champion, Wayne Levy was 25th overall and second among the master's competitors.

The women were just as dominant, placing an impressive three women in the top 10 and taking almost half of the top 12 places. Heather Cappello had a stellar race, placing third overall and just 11 seconds outside of the runner-up spot. Cappello continued to solidify her status as one of the top regional athletes. Prior to her run at the B.A.A. Half Marathon, she placed fifth at the US 20k Championships in New Haven in September. In August, she was 12th at Falmouth and, back in June, Cappello was the top American at the Inaugural B.A.A. 10k, where she placed fourth overall in 33:31. With her fall races behind her, Cappello will be focusing on her preparations for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Women's Marathon in January.

Following Cappello were Diana Bowser in fifth place and Elle Pishny in sixth. Together, the trio combined to win the Women's Open Team Title and set a new team record in the process. Their 3:51:30 bettered the old record by 3 and 1/2 minutes. The previous record was also set by a B.A.A. team back in 2006 when Janelle Kraus, Kasie Enman, and Carly Graytock Shea captured the title.

Both the men's and women's open teams continued their unbeaten streak at the B.A.A. Half Marathon which dates back to the inaugural race in 2001. The 2011 race was the largest yet, with 5.253 runners.

Chicago Marathon:

While the B.A.A. Half was being run here in the east, the Chicago Marathon was already underway in the midwest. In spite of the 7:00 AM start time, runners faced some warm temperatures and humidity on the course. But just as it was here in Boston, the Chicago Marathon featured some local color among the top finishers. Janette Faber and Lucas Meyer, both donning the yellow singlet, extended their streak of excellent performances, with Faber placing 10th overall and first American in the women's field and Meyer finishing 18th overall. Both set new personal bests at the distance with Faber posting a 2:36:58 and Meyer running 2:19:04.

Faber is coming off of a streak of spring and summer races that saw her place 3rd in 2011 US 25k Championships in May, qualify for the U.S. Track & Field Championships in the 10k with a 33:22, place 7th at the Falmouth Road Race in August and 8th at the U.S. 20k Championship in New Haven last month. Having previously met the "B" standard for the Olympic Trials, Faber's time at Chicago puts her well under the 2:39 "A" standard.

Meyer's racing has been equally impressive: In March he was 13th at the Great River Run 15k in 45:04 and in April he ran a 48:26 to place 7th in the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 14:14 for 5th in the B.A.A. 5k. Last month, he was 13th at U.S. 20k Championship in New Haven. In between, he had some excellent track performances, highlighted by an 8:57:74 steeple in June. The 2011 Chicago Marathon is only Meyer's second attempt at the distance. His first, Boston 2010, resulted in 2:21:29 debut. While his Chicago time was a mere 4 seconds off of the Olympic Trials qualifier, he has already met the men's "A" standard with his 1:03:51 at the 2009 Houston Half Marathon. Both Faber and Meyer will be representing the B.A.A. in Houston in January.

B.A.A. Half Marathon Results: Women's Results:
22. Heather Cappello 1:13:44 3rd Female
34. Diana Bowser 1:17:37 5th Female
44. Elle Pishny 1:20:09 6th Female
83. Maria Varela 1:25:15 11th Female
89. Lara Johnson 1:26:01 12th Female
111. Lauren Kruck 1:27:46
139. Kathleen O'Neil 1:29:06
160. Pamela Manley 1:29:58
168. Alicia Follmar 1:30:11
215. Leah Cowdrey 1:32:08
241. Beth Coughlin 1:33:33
277. Ann Morrissey 1:34:51
774. Katy Agule 1:44:26
928. Mae Shoemaker 1:46:32


Women's Open Team Results
1. Boston Athletic Association 3:51:30

Heather Cappello (1:13:44), Diana Bowser (1:17:37), Elle Pishny (1:20:09);
2. Cambridge Running Club 4:16:07
3. L Street Running Club 4:44:40


Men's Results:
7. Timothy Ritchie 1:05:29
11. Eric Ashe 1:09:55
12. David Emerson 1:10:24
15. Michael Keebler 1:11:43
16. Paul Ryan 1:11:52
20. Roger Donaghy 1:13:22
25. Wayne Levy 1:15:30
42. Tim Guerin 1:20:06
49. Miles Billings 1:21:56
63. John Barrett 1:23:16
86. Brian Foley 1:25:52
107. Michael McGrane 1:27:21
116. Matthew Hebert 1:28:04
119. Paul Morrison 1:28:05
421. David Rein 1:38:12
519. Steve Liakos 1:40:00
598. John Stuart 1:41:29
936. Micheal Davis 1:46:36
1302. Harry Carter 1:51:01
1344. Michael Goolkasian 1:51:28
4875. Mark Monti 2:36:57
5176. Anthony Cellucci 3:23:22


Men's Open Team Results:
1. Boston Athletic Association 5:49:23
10 Timothy Ritchie (1:05:29); Eric Ashe (1:09:55); David Emerson (1:10:24); Michael Keebler (1:11:43); Paul Ryan (1:11:52);
2. Cambridge Running Club 6:41:30
3. Somerville Road Runners 7:06:14

Men's Master's Team Results:
1. Boston Athletic Association 7:00:04
Wayne Levy (1:15:30); John Barrett (1:23:16); Brian Foley 1:25:52;
2. HFC Striders 7:26:02
3. L Street Running Club 8:01:07

Men’s Veteran Team Results:
1. Cambridge Running Club 4:50:41
2. Heartbreak Hill Striders 4:57:07
3. Boston Athletic Association 5:06:17
David Rein (1:38:12); John Stuart (1:41:29); Michael Davis (1:46:36 );

Click here for complete B.A.A. Half Marathon results.

Chicago Marathon Results:
Women:
10. Jeannette Faber 2:36:58
59. Mariko Holbrook 2:54:40

Men:
18. Lucas Meyer 2:19:03
35. Jared Markowitz 2:24:22

Click here for complete Chicago Marathon results.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.