Tremont’s Jarly Bobadilla high-fives spectators during the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Bobadilla finished as the top Mount Desert Island area competitor with a time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, 41 seconds. PHOTO COURTESY OF CROW ATHLETICS

MDI runners compete in Boston Marathon



BAR HARBOR — Several Mount Desert Island runners were among the thousands who traveled to Boston for Monday’s 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.

Jarly Bobadilla of Tremont finished as the top local finisher in the race. Running in his first Boston Marathon, Bobadilla’s time of 3 hours, 26 minutes, 41 seconds earned him 8,286th place, good enough to place in the top third of the field.

Andrew Kephart of Ellsworth, a Jackson Laboratory employee, was the second local runner to cross the finish line. Kephart finished in 4:01:49, placing 17,150th overall in the field.

Also finishing the race was Lisa Tweedie of Bar Harbor. Tweedie posted a time of 4:40:48 to place 22,618th.

Lori Bartlett of Bar Harbor ran as a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute fundraising team. On her way to the starting line, she ran into her friend and coach Jennifer Britz. PHOTO COURTESY OF LORI BARTLETT

Lori Bartlett of Bar Harbor ran as a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute fundraising team. On her way to the starting line, she said, she ran into her friend and coach Jennifer Britz, who offered last-minute encouragement.

Other MDI runners volunteered at the race.

“We have a lot of Mainers who go down for the clock watching team,” said Melissa Ossanna, who was one of them. “We make sure nobody messes with or steals the clocks on the course!”

Over the course of the race day, she said, runners were both too cold and too hot.

“The day started with a big thunderstorm while runners were gathering to be bussed to the start,” Ossanna said. “The rain stopped, and it was cool for a while, then the sun came out and it got quite warm for running! People were struggling a bit in the heat.

“Then another front came through and it rained again and the temps dropped 10 degrees, and people started grabbing space blankets from the medical tents. I think the earlier corrals suffered more from the surprise heat, and the later corrals struggled more with the sudden return of the cold.”

The overall win went to Kenya’s Lawrence Choreno, who finished in 2:07:57 to top second-place finisher Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia in the final stretch. Choreno’s winning margin of two seconds marked the closest finish to the race in 31 years. Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia was the top woman with a time of 2:23:31.

Among all Maine finishers, Kennebunk’s Shiloh Schulte was the top runner with a time of 2:36:08. Portland’s Meg Brockett was the state’s top female finisher with a time of 2:46:54.

A total of 26,632 people finished this year’s race, which was held in wet, rainy conditions that mirrored those of last year’s competition. The race began in Hopkinton and concluded on Boylston Street in Boston city proper.sti

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.
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