Birmingham-area runners to compete in the 2021 Boston Marathon

BIRMINGHAM, AL – More than 30 runners from Birmingham will compete in a Boston Marathon like no other this year.

The Birmingham Metro has 35 representatives in the October 11 race, which takes place more than 900 days after the last Boston Marathon due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can see the list of local men and women running below. Nine of the Birmingham-area runners competed in the 2019 Boston Marathon – the last time the race was held. Their 2019 schedules are shown below.

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Men

  • Owen Bradley, 42
  • John Brown, 70
  • David Brush, 48
  • Daniel Burton, 34
  • John Casterline, 59 (2019 time: 3:51:33)
  • Jason Crosson, 39
  • Michael Gann, 56
  • John Neiman, 46 (time 2019: 2:47:45)
  • William Ogletree, 35
  • Charlie Parks, 41
  • Billy Rose, 40
  • John Schor, 58
  • Kevin Simpson, 55
  • Andrew Strasbourg, 36 years old
  • Jeff Turner, 37
  • Scott Weisberg, 51
  • Gary York, 62 (2019 time: 3:56:58)

Women

  • Theresa Burst, 63 (time 2019: 4:24:56)
  • Christina Chambers, 33
  • Jennifer Crain, 42
  • Elsbeth Davenport, 31
  • Sheila Freeman, 55
  • Marianthe Grammas, 46 (time 2019: 3:36:35)
  • Misty Griffin, 47
  • Nikki Harvey, 47
  • Fontaine Haskell, 40 years old
  • Brittany Hayden, 35 (2019 time: 3:34:47)
  • Alison Hoover, 55 (time 2019: 4:22:22)
  • Beth Lauderdale, 40
  • Morgan Mccomb, 31
  • Rachael Nichols, 40
  • Irma Palmer, 54 (2019 time: 3:56:27)
  • Tammy Ruff, 54 (2019 time: 3:53:11)
  • Carrie Wallace, 43
  • Lori Vonpingel, 36 years old

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The Boston Marathon is first held in October after being postponed and ultimately canceled in 2020 and delayed this year. Race officials have said the marathon will revert to its traditional Patriots Day date starting next year.

This year, runners will not be required to wear a mask during the race, but will be required to wear it on buses to and from the race. Masks will also be required and provided at all medical tents along the 26.2 mile course.

Runners – and everyone else – will be required to wear masks indoors as part of The Boston Inner Mask Mandate. This includes the Boston Marathon Expo at the Hynes Convention Center in the three days leading up to the race.

Volunteers who will have direct interaction or close proximity to runners must wear masks. Some will receive additional personal protective equipment.

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