Peterborough resident Kristen Ramey led all local runners at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Ramey, age 35, placed 1,686th overall in the historic road race. She was the 115th woman overall, first from New Hampshire.
Her time of 3:02:14 was run at an outstanding 6:58 per mile over the 26 miles and 385 yards from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Copley Square in Boston. She nearly even-split the race, an incredible feat on any course, especially one with most of its uphill climbing in the second half, going through the halfway point in 1:30:28, running the second half in 1:31:46.
She was one of only seven locals to appear in the results for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, and on the semicentennial of the first registered woman racer.
Also in the field was New Ipswich’s Nels Traffie, 43, who ran 3:12:38, and Naomi Traffie, 41, who ran 3:57:03.
Between them was Ashley Gresh, 31, of Peterborough running 3:40:40; Thomas Peters, 64, of Francestown running 3:45:22; and Kurt Berna, 45, of Lyndeborough, running 3:51:12. Rounding out regional runners was Elizabeth Cooley, 54, of Peterborough in 4:19:17.
The champions were Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat, who ran 2:09:37 and 2:21:52, respectively. Top Americans were Galen Rupp (2nd) in 2:09:58, and Jordan Hasay (3rd) in 2:23:00. Both train in Oregon.
Meb Keflezighi, the most recent American champion, announced that this would be his final Boston Marathon He was 13th in 2:17:00. He skyrocketed to fame in 2014 when he became the first American to win the race since 1985 just one year after the terrorist bombing of 2013.
Ramey was the top New Hampshire female by nearly two minutes. The top male from the Granite State was Nick Aguila of Manchester, 55th overall in 2:29:42.