In marathon running, it's a honor just to be called 'finisher;' in the Boston Marathon, the honor also comes in just qualifying to compete.
Muskego residents who qualified and finished April 16th's race did so in impressive fashion. Highs reaching the mid-80s made for one of the warmest races in recent history, and meant 4,000 less runners participated than forecast. A total of 22,426 ran the historic 26.2-mile course.
The results are now in, and our hats are off to the following local runners who beat the heat and the odds:
Luai Tabbal, 45, came across the finish line first for the Muskego contingent, with an official time of 3 hours, 37 minutes, 56 seconds. He paced 8:19 minutes per mile. He placed 4,208, or in top 20 percent.
Chris Pollack, 46, 3:54:28; pace - 8:57 (7,384).
Rashelle Mason, 40, 4:12:25; pace - 9:38 (11,029).
Peter Stefaniak, 55, 4:25:17; pace - 10:08 (13,361).
Melissa Skory, 29, 4:55:12; pace - 11:16 (17,279).
The race was won by Wesley Korir of Kenya, with a finishing time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. If you're keeping score, that's a pace of just over 5 minutes per mile. More unbelievable is that it was the slowest winning time since 1989.