Alaskans shine in the rain at 119th Boston Marathon

April 20, 2015

Anna Dalton2Alaskans excelled Monday at the 119th Boston Marathon as Anchorage’s Jeff Young won his age group and training partner Anna Dalton placed among the top 50 women.

Young, 56, convincingly claimed the men’s 55-59 age group and placed 598th overall in 2 hours, 46 minutes and 23 seconds. More than 1,700 runners were entered in his age-group.

In breezy conditions, the 25-year-old Dalton ran a five-minute personal-best of 2:51:27 to place 46th among women.

“Pretty miserable conditions here even for us Alaskans,” she shared in a text from the finish.

“Really really tough conditions,” echoed Jeff Young.

Meanwhile, Anchorage’s Ryan Beckett was the fastest Alaskan with a 2:43:43 [428th overall] followed by Sitka’s Aaron Routon in 2:45:46.

Fifty-three Alaskans were signed up for America’s oldest footrace. Other Alaskans who broke three hours included Jim McDonough [2:51:10], John Naylor [2:53:25], Daniel Myers [2:56:45], Dugan Greenwell [2:57:01] and James Miller [2:59:48].

Jerry Ross, who helps coach Young and Dalton, just missed the threshold in 3:01:58.

A total of 30,251 runners were registered for the granddaddy of all marathons.