Boston Marathon: Curelop leads Berkshire County runners across finish line


BOSTON — Nick Curelop, 30, of Great Barrington, started his morning with a couple pieces of bread with a little bit of jelly and ended it with a banana or two. He spent the rest of his day running 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon.

The cross-country coach at Hoosac Valley has raced in his fair share of marathons, however, the Boston Marathon was a little different.

"There were a lot of nervous at the start," Curelop said. "My focus was trying to manage the tough course. Whenever there was a downhill there was always some uphill to counter it."

Curelop clocked in the best Berkshire County, known to The Berkshire Eagle, net time of 2:58.18 and averaged a 6.48 mile.

"There were so many spectators cheering us on the entire way," Curelop said. "The whole way people were even cheering for Western Mass. which was pretty cool. Overall the atmosphere was very supportive."

Jackie Lemme Varney, 27, a Mount Greylock graduate who now lives in New Jersey, finished with a time of 3:15.56 and averaged a 7.26 mile.

Lenox's David Oelberg, 55, clocked in at 3:28.29. Oelberg averaged a speed of 8.09 miles per hour from the halfway mark to the 25 kilometer mark, his best split speed of the afternoon.

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Kristen Vorisek, 40, clocked in at 3:49.29. The Housatonic native started the race at 11:17 a.m. and averaged an 8:46 mile throughout the race.

Steve and Elizabeth St. Clair of Williamstown, both 60, clocked in at 3:56.15 and 4:40.06. Erin Hightower, 54, the final Williamstown native competing, clocked in at 5:31.26.

David Wilson, 57, of Lanesborough crossed the finish line at 2:48 p.m. after finishing the race in 3:56.30 while Lee's Matt Kinnaman, 58, clocked in at 3:13.15 and averaged a 7:23 mile.

Pittsfield's Christine Arace, 46, started her journey at 11:19 p.m. and finished it in 4:00.34. Dalton's Jennifer Bell, 53, finished right behind Arace with a time of 4:03.54.

Paul Gage, 48, of Cheshire, who had the second-best time among local runners last year, finished the day with a time of 4:08.55. Beverly Ameen, 55, of North Adams clocked in at 4:15.18 while Pittsfield High graduate Sarah Colemen finished with a time of 4:18.10.

With a time of 4:45.39, Sheffield's Allison Lassoe, 56, averaged a 10:54 mile. John Kemp, another Sheffield native, who was scheduled to race, did not participate.

Berkshire Running Center's Kent Lemme crossed the 35 kilometer mark, however, he did not finish the race. He was on pace to finish the race in 3:29.00. Abigail Wright, a Pittsfield High graduate and the cross-country coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, started the race at 10:45 a.m. and crossed the 30 kilometer mark, but did not have a reported finish time. She was projected to finish the race in 3:05.31.

Jake Mendel can be reached at, at @JMendel94 on Twitter and 413-496-6252.


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