Bennett Beach of Bethesda, Md., running in his 17th straight Boston Marathon today, was the first Washington, D.C.-area finisher among 5,800 starters in the 89th running of the 26-mile, 385-yard race.
"I ran a bit too fast in the first 10 miles," said Beach, 35, who placed 35th in a time of 2 hours 30 minutes 55 seconds, almost four minutes off his best marathon time and more than 16 minutes back of the winner, Geoff Smith. "I wanted to break 2:30 but I was close."
David Shafer of Middletown, Md., completed the race in 2:33:37 for 62nd place. Shafer, 21, who won the Bethesda Chase 10-Kilometer run this spring, ended more than 10 minutes off his best.
Chris Chattin, 21, of College Park, Md., and John Sullivan, 24,, of Alexandria, Va., ran the race in 2:34:06 (68th place) and 2:34:46 (73rd), respectively.
Dick Jamborsky, a 48-year-old court judge from Reston, Va., ran his 14th straight Boston Marathon and finished in 2:39:50.
"It seemed slow to me," said Jamborsky, who took 154th place. "I wasn't going to go out and kill it. So I went out to run a six-minute pace. I had a lot left at the end."
Alfred Lampazi, 31, of Manassas, Va., placed 166th with a 2:40:46 and Dick Hipp of Columbia, Md., was 224th in 2:43:05.
Betty Blank of Falls Church, Va., was the first area finisher among the women. She struggled in the warm weather and recorded a 3:30:59, nearly 30 minutes off her best.