Locals Boston-bound for Marathon


BENNINGTON -- More than 36,000 runners will take to the streets of Boston on Monday morning for the annual running of the Boston Marathon.

In that sea of humanity, a handful of local runners will be competing in the event.

Bennington's Jesse Robson, Peru's Isabel Caldwell, North Bennington's Danielle Fogarty and Readsboro's Jan Rancatti are all entered in the marathon.

"I received an invitational bid for [this year], but I qualified after running the Marathon in 2011," said Robson.

Robson, 37, has run in seven marathons -- one for every year after he turned 30. Each one has been different, but he decided to run Boston again with his best friend, Columbia Warren, after last year's Marathon was disrupted by the bombings.

"I was only going to do it once, but it's like a redemption from last year," Robson said. "I wanted to be a part of something that big, to prove that we're not scared to be there or scared to run down Boylston Street."

The Marathon starts in Hopkinton, Mass., and ends on Boylston Street. This year, there will be four waves of runners to be able to accommodate the massive amounts of people and lower bib numbers start first.

"Last time, I had a red bib, which allows you to start [in the first wave] and basically gives you the ability to move around," Robson said. "I have a white bib [the last wave] this time, so it'll be my first afternoon marathon."

Robson has been training for the past few months, getting in runs throughout Bennington. He said that training locally has given him an edge.

"There a lot of buildup about Heartbreak Hill," said Robson, referencing a half-mile incline about 21 miles into the race. "But I run on Chapel Road, so all my long runs are hills. The hills in Boston are nothing like what Bennington offers."

Robson said his cheering section at the race will be some friends from the Boston area, as his three children have school on Monday morning.

"It's a state holiday in Massachusetts, but not here [in Vermont]," Robson said.

Caldwell, a Nordic skier at Dartmouth College, will be running Boston for the first time, qualifying at the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington last summer.

"A bunch of us decided to do it," said Caldwell, a senior studying Earth Science. "We thought it would be fun and challenging for the spring."

Training has been a tough go, especially after the end of the ski season in March.

"I didn't run all winter, so I've had about a month to get ready," Caldwell said. "I haven't done an awesome job with that."

Five of her teammates will also run the race, while the rest will be cheering from the streets.

"It's amazing to be a part of it," Caldwell said. "This is definitely the year to run Boston. It'll be something else."

Fogarty, 47, ran Boston last year, and was just blocks away from the finish line when the explosions went off.

Rancatti, 53, will run in his 25th consecutive Marathon and will be running as part of the Green Mountain Athletic Association out of Williston.


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