Ce­cil res­i­dent runs in Bos­ton Marathon

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ge­orge Ra­ley, a 69-year-old Ris­ing Sun area res­i­dent and avid run­ner, ran the Bos­ton Marathon on Mon­day.

Sev­eral of his col­leagues from Ce­cil County Board of Parks and Recre­ation con­tacted the Ce­cil Whig Mon­day to say how proud they are of Ra­ley, who made it through the rig­or­ous qual­i­fi­ca­tion process to be able to par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 race.

Ra­ley serves as vice chair­man of the county’s parks and recre­ation board.

“It’s a huge honor for Ge­orge to be in Bos­ton to­day,” said Ella Briones, ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant in the de­part­ment of parks

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and recre­ation.

In­for­ma­tion on the Bos­ton Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion web­site says that 4,562 qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants who ap­plied to run in the 2016 Bos­ton Marathon were not ac­cepted this year be­cause of an ex­cess of ap­pli­cants. The or­ga­niz­ers limit the field to 30,000 run­ners.

Ac­cord­ing to the un­of­fi­cial re­sults, Ra­ley fin­ished the fa­mous course in 4 hours, 24 min­utes and 19 sec­onds, av­er­ag­ing about a mile ev­ery 10 min­utes. He placed 21,116 out of the com­peti­tors.

“He’s ready to go and rep­re­sents Ce­cil County at Bos­ton to­day,” Ce­cil County Board of Parks and Recre­ation Chair­man Don Harmer said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AN­DREA DIMARIA GRIF­FITH

Ge­orge Ra­ley, of Ris­ing Sun, pre­pares to run his first Bos­ton Marathon on Mon­day morn­ing.

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