Cassidy heads 20 locals in Monday’s Boston Marathon

GUELPH – A total of 20 locals are entered to compete in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The group includes Josh Cassidy who won the men’s wheelchair event in 2012 in the one hour, 18 minutes and 25 seconds. While it’s no longer the world record men’s wheelchair marathon time, it is still the fastest winning time for the Boston Marathon and was two seconds faster than the winning time set by South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk in 2004, his fourth of six consecutive wins and 10 overall.

Olympic marathoner Eric Gillis was to have competed in Monday’s race, but withdrew this week due to an Achilles injury. It’s the second time he’s entered and withdrawn from one of his bucket-list events as he was also scheduled to run in 2013, but missed that one due to a hip injury.

Rachel Hannah, who lives in Guelph part-time and trains here, is one of the elite women in Monday’s race. She finished second in the Canadian women’s marathon championships at last year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Others from Guelph entered in Monday’s marathon include Tara Beardmore, Carolyn Bowen, Thomas Bryce, Stanley Bunston, Adriana Di Santo Ricci, Stefan Gudmundson, Geri Higginson, Stephen Kilburn, Phil Martin, Tara Mcdonald, Michelle Provencher, Jennifer Schneider, Cleve Thorson, Doug Tyson and Christa Yoshimoto.

They’re to be joined by Ian Hornsby and Don Mclean of Elora and Campbellville’s Beth Abbot.

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