Andrew Kephart and Tom Murphy of Ellsworth pose for a photo after completing the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on April 15. The two were among 26,632 runners to finish the race. ANDREW KEPHART PHOTO

Hancock County runners compete in 123rd Boston Marathon



ELLSWORTH — Local runners were among the many competitors in Monday’s 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.

Bradford Eslin of Bucksport finished as Hancock County’s top overall finisher with an official time of 2 hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds. His time placed him in the top 10 percent of all runners in the field.

Tremont’s Jarly Bobadilla finished the race as the No. 2 runner locally with a time of 3:26:41 and place of 8,286th. Bobadilla, a native of Cuba, was the only runner with Cuban citizenship to compete in the race.

The next four local finishers all hailed from Ellsworth. Andrew Tiemann finished in 3:30:47 to place 9,444th, and Tom Murphy (17,148th), Andrew Kephart (17,150th) and Jim Newett (17,433rd) came in just after the four-hour mark.

Murphy’s finish marked the realization of a lifelong dream for the Ellsworth native. The 66-year-old fell short of qualifying by a matter of minutes last year before bouncing back to clinch a spot in this year’s race. He and Kephart ran side by side, reaching the finish line in 4:01:49.

Henry Jao of Hancock and Lisa Tweedie of Bar Harbor rounded out the rest of the local finishers. Tweedie, the only Hancock County woman competing in the race, finished with a time of 4:40:48.

Among all Maine finishers, Kennebunk’s Shiloh Schulte was the top runner with a time of 2:36:08. Portland’s Meg Brockett was the state’s top female finisher with a time of 2:46:54.

A total of 26,632 runners finished this year’s race, which was held in wet, rainy conditions that mirrored those of last year’s competition. The race began in Hopkinton and concluded on Boylston Street in Boston city proper.

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