Boston Marathon

Brent Hatch missed running the infamous Boston Marathon last year after recovering from an Achilles’s tendon injury. The teacher from Madison Elementary School in Blaine knew this year would take an extra effort – not only to qualify but to run close to his sub-three hour time on the famed 26.2-mile course.

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Eight local runners were part of one of the largest fields for the 118th Boston Marathon April 21, one year after the bombings. Below is a list of those finishers including name, age, hometown and time.

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Watching his family play a game of tag on a Boston-area playground Tuesday afternoon, Coon Rapids runner Wade Demmer couldn’t fathom how the previous day went from such a high-note to horrific after the bombings at the Boston Marathon Monday.

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