The 114th Boston Marathon started early, for the second year in a row, but that didn't diminish the crowds. Last year, the morning race times drew a small amount of viewers at the starting line in Hopkinton, but this year people came out in droves.
At 7:30 a.m. all roads leading into Hopkinton were closed, causing hundreds of cars coming from Upton and off both Rte. 495 off-ramps to turn around and park in the designated lot on South Street.
Winners of the race included a newcomer to Boston, Ethiopian female winner Teyba Erkesso with a time of 2:26:11. She was just .3 seconds before the second place finisher Tatyana Pushkareva from South Africay.
Male winner was Robert Cheruiyot from Kenya with a time of 2:05:52. The wheelchair race winners were female Wakako Tsuchida from Japan at 1:43:32 and male winner Ernst Van Dyk from Russia with 1:26:53.
The average age for runners this year was 41.5, and local participants fared very well. Millbury residents finished with respectable times: Adam Waitkevich (3:15:50); Beverly Ricciardone (3:44:57); Scott Maguire (3:48:24); Deborah Peak (3:54:54); Jaimie Gosselin (3:59:21); Paula Wascavage (4:02:05); Thomas Romano (4:05:37); and Elvera Pingeton (4:28:52).