The 116th annual Boston Marathon was memorable in many ways for three area runners: Aberdeen residents Shawna Schmidt and Rolf Johnson and Gwen Planteen of Langford.
That was thanks in part to 89-degree heat that took out a big portion of the 26,716 runners registered to tackle the historic 26-mile, 385-yard course in Boston. It was the third Boston Marathon for Planteen, second for Johnson and the first for Schmidt.
For most, the goal for one of America's most famous runs was just to finish. Medical experts were encouraging runners to not look at the event as a race, but rather an experience.
The three area runners made the decision to start together and finish together, which they did in 4 hours, 6 minutes and 15 seconds - significantly slower than each was capable.
It was ugly by racing standards, just a matter of survival, Johnson reported. He said Boston residents helped in any way they could with fire departments using fire hydrants and homeowners using garden hoses to spray the runners down.
Johnson added that he, Schmidt and Planteen stayed together, and thank goodness we did. At times, we each needed the help of the other two. We made sure that we each knew that we were there to finish, not to race, and finish together. That is what we did.
· 22,535 people started the race.
· 21,603 finished before the clocks were turned off at 6 p.m.
· About 2,700 runners sought help at medical tents or Red Cross stations.
· 215 runners were taken to area hospitals.
· 2 hours, 35 minutes, 18 seconds for 46th place overall - the time of the top finishing South Dakota runner - Sioux Falls Lincoln graduate and former DWU standout Thomas Madut. Madut's time was about 22 minutes behind the men's champion and 3 minutes behind the women's champion.
The Shattuck-St. Mary's hockey team of Faribault, Minn., recently defeated the Los Angeles Jr. Kings 2-1 in New York to win the 18-and-Under division of the USA Hockey Tier I National Championships.
Ann Aman of Eureka reported her grandson, Zach Aman of Johnston, Pa., was a member of the team at the boarding school and that Zach's dad is Terry Aman, formerly of Eureka.
Pete Waletich of Webster reported his granddaughter, Andrea, is married to Morris, a former Kentucky standout. Andrea grew up near Eden and graduated from Groton High School.
For a couple of years, Aberdeen has been without an amateur baseball team.