RUNNING: Southington runners put Boston Marathon in the ‘virtual’ books

RUNNING: Southington runners put Boston Marathon in the ‘virtual’ books

SOUTHINGTON — Baseball may be America’s pastime and football America’s game, but there’s something about a marathon that brings folks out, too.

Even when it’s just “virtual.”

Southington runners Marc Lennon and Kristin Lopa completed their virtual Boston Marathon on Saturday. Along the way, they picked up some fan support that helped speed them along their 26.2-mile journey.

They even had a “sag wagon. Lopa’s mother, Carol Paradis, drove along the route and supplied her daughter and Lennon with water.

Lopa and Lennon started and ended at the Southington YMCA. Their first and last miles were via the Southington linear trail.

They traversed the east side of town, ranging from Recreation Park to Shuttle Meadow Reservoir and back down to Rec Park again before retracing their initial miles back to the center of town.

They drew their best fan support at the park, as well as at Roger’s Orchards up by the reservoir and along the linear trail.

Lennon, a three-time Boston Marathon qualifier, was really cooking. He ran at a 6:28-per-mile pace.

A third Southington runner who qualified for Boston, Amanda Lynch, will run her virtual marathon on Sunday.

The three are hoping to qualify for the 2021 Boston Marathon after the 2020 edition was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s qualifiers were able to run virtually the week of Sept. 7-14.

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