Published in the April 21, 2016 edition


BOSTON — The weather may have been unusually warm for an April morning, but the conditions did not deter 19 North Reading runners from finishing the 120th running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, amid a sea of over 30,000 participants from around the world.

While Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle was crowned the men’s champion in a time of 2:12:45 and Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa was the women’s champion with a time of 2:29:19, there were some fine performances by the North Reading contingent in the 26.2 mile race.

Patrick Brickley, 39, was the top North Reading finisher as he posted a time of 3:18:02. Brickley finished ahead of North Reading’s second place male finisher Thor Kirleis, 46, who had a time of 3:22:33.

North Reading’s top female finisher was Shelby Patterson, 28, with a time of 3:50:35. Patterson ran her first Boston Marathon to raise funds for Camp Kita in Maine, a special retreat that provides emotional support for the children of suicide.

North Reading’s second female finisher was Lori Mitchener, 39, with a time of 3:53:04.

Other North Reading runners crossing the finish line were: Steven Rosenthal, age 43, in 3:25:19, Bobby E. Carpenter, age 52, 3:46:53, Nick Boulas, 44, who ran for the Dana–Faber Marathon Challenge to raise $5.4 million for cancer research and finished in 4:10:23, Dan Quinn, age 34, 4:24:26, Chuck Murphy, age 48, 4:30:25, and Edward G. Conley III, age 46, in 4:32:51.

Also very much in the race, and finishing, were: Jonathan Burnham, 34, in 4:41:29 and Corinne Casey–Montejo, 44, who ran for the Run to End Alzheimer’s Boston Marathon Team. Corinne never ran more than three miles before September of 2015 but she finished Boston in 5:06:52.

Other North Reading runners were: Eric C. Johnson, 56, in 5:07:45; Brian F. Pinkham, 36, in 5:15:55; Erik M. Koenig, 40, in 5:17:24, Lindsey D. Roseman, 34, in 5:22:06, Russell Valente, 29, in 5:22:06 and Sarah Visocchi, 34, in 6:00:52.

There was also Carolyn (Hayter) Kuehnel, 29, who no longer lives in North Reading but graduated from NRHS in 2004 and ran in support of the House of Possibilities, (HOPe), an organization in Easton that provide support, including enrichment activities and respite care to children, adults and families with developmental disabilities. Carolyn finished in 5:09:53.

Well done, one and all.