Grand Strand runners make strides at Boston Marathon

showstackSeveral members of the Grand Strand Running Club made the trip from a beach town to Bean Town to compete in Monday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon.

Ryan Dion (3:14:23) was the fastest local finisher, followed across the finish line of the 26.2-mile course by Frank Pepp (3:17:03), Diego Sosa (3:33:50), George Redman (3:36:11), Scott Leroux (4:20:43) and Robyn Showstack (5:40:47).

Ethiopians swept the Boston Marathon men’s and women’s races for the first time in history. Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the men’s race in 2:12:45, and Atsede Baysa won the women’s race in 2:29:19 hours. Nearly 30,000 runners took part in the race.

The top Americans, including 2014 winner Meb Keflezighi, skipped the race after running in the U.S. Olympic trials in February. Zachary Hine of Dallas was the top American man, finishing 10th, and Neely Spence Gracey of Superior, Colo., was the first U.S. woman in ninth place.

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