Youngstown-area runners tackle Boston Marathon

BOSTON, Mass. (WKBN) — A handful of runners from the Mahoning Valley were among close to 36,000 runners competing Monday in the 118th Boston Marathon.

Dave Deeter of Cortland is the Maplewood High School track and cross-country coach. He ran the 26.2-mile course in about 3:47.

Deeter also ran to raise money and awareness for autism research because his 13-year-old daughter, Saleen, was diagnosed with the disorder in the 1st grade. He surpassed his goal to raise $2,000 for the Organization for Autism Research, bringing in nearly $2,500 from donations leading up to the race.

Deeter said he was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people running and cheering them on in the crowd.

“People really were out to show their support for the Marathoners, and to show that they were not going to let a couple of idiots destroy things for them, and everybody else that comes into their city,” Deeter said. “The number of people there was just simply amazing. They can talk about how many people were in the race, but when you start seeing how many people were actually there, it’s just insane.”

Approximately 3,500 police and security personnel also were visible one year after the bombing that left three people dead and more than 240 injured.

“The police presence was amazing. You saw them everywhere, and they were very cooperative. They were smiling, they were wishing everybody luck, so they were not just there as security. They also were there to support everybody, which was awesome,” Deeter said.

Three members of the Youngstown Road Runners Club, Tammy McFarland, Amy Pagac and Kevin Guthrie, also ran in the Boston Marathon.

Guthrie finished in 3:8.

“The hills and the heat got to me. That sun was hot here. We’re at 74 degrees,” he said.

Guthrie is running in the Toledo Marathon on Sunday.

U.S. citizen Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983. The 38-year-old former New York City Marathon champ, and Olympic medalist, finished the 26.2 miles in 2:8:37.

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