Local runners shine at 126th Boston Marathon

Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 9:34 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - It’s the 126th running of the world’s most famous 26 mile run, and there was some local flavor to today’s Boston Marathon.

There were about 20 thousand racers that took off through Beantown Monday, and about a dozen of them call the Rockford area home.

One of the fastest stateline runners was a first-time Boston Marathon runner. Winnebago’s Mike Woolery, who’s time of 3:01:50 was a personal record and good enough to automatically qualify him for next year’s Boston Marathon.

“Loved it! Cramped up at mile 22 and the cramps stayed with me like a friend,” said Woolery. “I was all the way on top of Heartbreak Hill and I saw a sign that said something like ‘the heartbreak is behind you” and I was like, oh I guess that was Heartbreak Hill.”

Manuel Molina is another local runner who’s time qualified him for next year’s race, with a time of 3:05:35. Some other area runners include Alex Kirchner (3:13:20), Jacqueline Kirchner (3:46:25), Melissa Pratt (3:50:18), Delaney Appino (3:23:10), Heidi Hoppe (3:45:43), Colin Kirk (3:16:24), Mark McLarty (3:43:19), Jessica Pelock (3:46:23) and Timothy Sage (3:16:55)

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