44 local runners compete in Boston Marathon

Forty-four Colorado Springs residents were among the thousands who competed in today’s running of the Boston marathon, including 1985 women’s champion Lisa Larsen Rainsberger.

Springs entrants, equally divided among women and men, ranged in age from 28 to 66.

Rainsberger, 48, was the last American woman to win at Boston.

She was the official starter for the elite women’s race and then joined her husband and daughter to run the marathon, which began at 10 a.m.

Her time in 1985? 2:34, almost eight minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.

This year’s winner, Ethiopia’s Teyba Erkesso, won in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 11 seconds. That was three seconds ahead of Russia’s Tatyana Pushkareva.

Rainsberger’s many triumphs in sport have been mingled with disappointment. She qualified for the Olympic swimming team during 1980, only to be denied when the Carter administration boycotted the Moscow olympics in response to the Soviet invasion of Afganistan.

In 1988 and gain in 1992, she finished fourth at the Olympic marathon trials, missing an Olympic berth by a few seconds each time. Eight years later, when the women’s triathlon was added as an Olympic sport, she again finished fourth in the trials.

Rainsberger, a longtime resident of the Springs, is a fitness consultant who coaches elite Army athletes and members of the ‘Wounded Warrior’ program, army veterans who suffered injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan.