ORIGINAL REPORT, 1:13 AM: People coast to coast (and beyond) will no doubt be watching the Boston Marathon more closely than ever this morning, because of what happened a year ago. But it of course has long been an inspiring event all its own. More than 170 of this year’s runners list Seattle as their hometown. The youngest among them is from West Seattle – 20-year-old Matthew Haggerty – and this isn’t even his first time running the Boston Marathon; we reported on his previous run in 2012, when he was a senior at Seattle Lutheran High School (our story also noted his community-service projects). That year, he finished 227th out of more than 27,000 runners! Today, he’ll wear bib 363, according to info on the Boston Marathon website, and will be in the group starting at 7 am our time. You can track the race and runners online; the race website promises video streaming too. (Any other West Seattleites there? Please let us know!)
ADDED 4:41 AM: Thanks to Sybil for the tip that there’s at least one more West Seattleite, 28-year-old Danielle Villarreal, who also will be in the 7 am “wave” of runners, with bib 8329.
ADDED 8:45 AM: Thanks to Mike for tweeting that 35-year-old Kirsten Garner is running today too (bib 18480)!
ADDED 10:15 AM: And via Facebook, we get word that 43-year-old West Seattleite Sharman McAllister is running too! We’ll be checking on everybody in a bit. If you get word – please comment, or e-mail us – email@example.com – photos from Boston welcome too!
ADDED 10:49 AM: From Michael Copeland via e-mail: “West Seattle is also being represented in Boston today by Julie Granahan … she’s a fellow Keller Williams agent.”
1:28 PM UPDATE: We’ve found out that Matt Haggerty had an injury and did not run today after all. But there is another West Seattleite – Martin deVrieze – we’ll have an update soon on how he and the other runners did. And there’s still time to tell us if we’re missing anyone else! firstname.lastname@example.org