Three Weld County residents joined more than 30,000 runners to compete in the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday morning.
Arnuflo Salazar Navarro, a 51-year-old from Johnstown, finished the race in 3-hours, 6-minutes to place 128th in his division. He finished 3,626th overall. Salazar Navarro averaged 7:06 per mile.
James Cotter, 50, of Windsor, place 1,180 in his division and among the top 15,000 runners. His. Time was 3:48.45. Cotter averaged 8:44 per mile.
Lochbuie’s Jessica Berry was the lone woman to compete in the marathon from Weld County. The 35-year-old Berry finished the race in 4:25.20, which was good for a finish among the top 20,000 runners. Berry averaged 10 minutes per mile.
The marathon was dominated by runners from east Africa, with Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono winning the title with a sprint to the finish line over Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa, who he edged by two-tenths of a second.
Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:21. American Jordan Hasay placed third.
The race also marked the 40th anniversary of 61-year-old Joan Benoit Samuelon’s first win at Boston, and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist finished this marathon in 3:04 — to win the 60-64 age division. Samuelson won Boston titles twice in her career — 1979 and 1983. She finished third in 1981 and fourth in 1991.