BOSTON — Kyle Kiel’s Boston Marathon time was over 35 minutes improved from last year’s.
Gary Lake’s was infinitely better.
Kiel, a 32-year-old from Rapid City, was the top area finisher in the 118th annual Boston Marathon, crossing the finish line in 2:44:35 to finish 560th out of about 32,000 runners.
Lake, a 67-year-old from Honor, took 5:04:01 for his 26.2-mile run, which he said will be his last marathon. He was in a group of runners who weren’t able to finish last year’s race due to explosions near the finish line that left three dead and hundreds injured.
Luckily, that wasn’t a factor this year, as security was enhanced. Kiel said he had to go through security three different times before the race’s start.
Instead, he was able to focus on running, not the other stories swirling around this year’s event.
“I’m burned bad, because it was warm out,” Kiel said. “It was 55 at the start of the race. Being from Michigan, I’m just not used to running the heat.”
Even with a sunburn, he shaved over 35 minutes off his time from a year ago, his first attempt at Boston. Last year’s effort ended with a 3:20 time.
“I think I maybe put in more miles than most people do, so I’m more comfortable running that distance,” Kiel said.
He’s run two marathons this year already, including a 33.3-mile one two weeks ago.
Coming off the Kal-Haven Trail Run — a 33.3-mile race he won in 3:52:38.7 two weeks ago — Kiel said the 26.2-mile Boston race was much more comfortable than a year ago.
“My first half, I was pacing my goal time, which is a 2:36,” Kiel said. “I ended up with a 2:44. As soon as I got to the hills, I slowed down and I ran comfortable and didn’t push it after that. It was a fun race.”