Maas leads Southeast runners in Boston Marathon

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Ken Maas of Douglas posted the fastest time by a Southeast Alaska runner in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Maas, 41, who qualified for Boston by taking second place in the Frank Maier Marathon in Douglas last August in his first marathon-length race, covered the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 36 seconds. His net time (which allows for the time it took many of the 18,000 runners to reach the starting line) was 2:55:10.

While Maas was the only Southeast runner to break the 3-hour barrier, Maas wasn't the only local athlete in the race. Nine Southeast residents completed the course Monday, as did two San Diego runners who used to live in Juneau and qualified during the Frank Maier race.

Layne Brant, 30, of Juneau posted an overall time of 3:03:08 (3:02:42 net time) and was the second fastest runner from Southeast. He was followed by Robert Deal, 44, of Juneau in 3:05:17 (3:04:40 net) and by Robert Marshall, 52, of Juneau in 3:07:37 (3:06:18 net).

Mary Ann Gosling, 29, of Juneau posted the fastest women's time from Southeast with a 3:44:03 (3:39:26). Richard Hardcastle, 56, and Gayle Nixon, 42, both of Ketchikan, posted identical times of 3:59:24 (3:53:46). Deborah Rudis, 46, of Juneau had a time of 4:02:17 (3:55:08 net), while Sharon Purkis, 34, of Ketchikan/Anchorage posted a time of 4:06:11 (4:00:01 net). Thomas Meyer, 43, of Juneau was entered in the race, but no time was available for him.

The two former Juneau-area runners who now live in San Diego - James Zahradka, 28, and his wife Tracey A. Wightman-Zahradka, 30 - both had excellent results. James Zahradka finished in 3:01:42 (3:00:15), while his wife posted a time of 3:31:13 (3:25:53 net).

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