Rodgers fourth in Boston Marathon age group

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BOSTON Sonora resident Lolly Rodgers finished fourth in her age group of the 107th Boston Marathon yesterday.

Rodgers, 60, covered 26 miles, 385 yards in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 16 seconds. She ran a pace of 9:14 per mile from Hopkinton, Mass., into downtown Boston. She braved the rigors of Heartbreak Hill at about the 20-mile mark and persevered through a temperature change of 71 degrees at the inland start to 58 degrees at the finish near the coast.

More than 20,000 runners entered the race, 17,567 started, and 17,046 finished. Rodgers, in her Boston debut, was 11,129th overall and 3,485th out of 6,309 women.

Her splits were 27:18 at five kilometers, 55:28 at 10, 1:23:05 at 15, 1:51 at 20, 1:56:50 at the halfway point (Wellesley), 2:19:15 at 25, 2:49:01 at 30, 3:19:22 at 35, and 3:49 at 40.

There were 63 runners in Rodgers' division and the only ones to finish ahead of her were Mary Nathan of Far Rockaway, N.Y., in 3:54:15; Hansi Rigney of Carmel in 4:07:28; and Bonnie McElwee of Urbana, Ill., in 3:57:22.

In addition to being a proficient runner, Rodgers is a triathlete. She said she'll soon try to qualify for the fabled Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

Other foothills finishers were Columbia College business administration instructor Michael Hill, 60, of Arnold in 4:15:45; Columbia Elementary School teacher Don Foster, 47, of Sonora in 4:17:51; and Linda Ordway, 51, of Twain Harte in 4:41:50.

For a complete story on the race, see Page 2B.

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