The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 20, 2001


Carlisle runners compete
in the 105th Boston Marathon

After car-pooling to Hopkinton early Monday morning for the start of the Boston Marathon’s 26.2 mile race into Boston’s Copley Square finish line, Ron Kmiec, Tom Ratcliffe and John Forelli were off and running as the starting gun sounded at noon. On a brisk cool day with developing head winds, the trio, along with Todd Langton, also of Carlisle and Tim Harte, formerly of Carlisle and now living in Cambridge, all finished the race, which most people consider the premier long-distance race in America.

Ron Kmiec—3:30:36. Running in his 28th consecutive Boston Marathon as a “Boston Streaker,” Kmiec finished with a time close to that of last year’s. He met with other Streakers (those who have run the Marathon 25 or more years in a row) and with race director Dave McGillivry at the bandstand in Hopkinton. Once again Kmiec teamed up with his running partner from Pennsylvania, Neil Weygandt, for 21 miles of the race.
Tom Ratcliffe—2:57:57. Ratcliffe ran with a group of 20 who were raising money for clinical research at MGH on ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease), to honor a fellow marathoner who had most recently run in the 1998 Boston marathon, but is now suffering from the disease. Ratcliffe, a representative of KIM, an international management group that represents the best of the world’s long-distance runners, has worked with Kenyan runners over the years, training on Concord and Carlisle roads and trails.

John Forelli—3:18:06. Forelli is a long-time marathoner and competitor in the Old Home Day road races on the fourth of July.

Todd Langton—3:57:29. Langton lives on Concord Street and continues to oversee the former Lapham tree farm.

Tim Harte—2:35:43. Harte came in 80th, running his sixth Boston Marathon. He says the highlights of the day were taking the elite runners bus from Harvard Square to Hopkinton, and waiting in line to use the PortaPotty with twice-marathon winner Moses Tanui.