Monday, April 19, 2010

A Volcanic Eruption Felt In Boston

Posted By on Mon, Apr 19, 2010 at 9:43 AM

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Speaking of running ... We were, weren't we? It feels as if that's all I've been talking about lately.

Even the running of the 114th Boston Marathon today has been affected by the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland.

Elite marathons in the United States always draw an international field, and this year is no exception. The exception, however, is the fact that so many flights out of Europe have been grounded. In fact, according to today's Wall Street Journal, up to 2 percent of the Boston Marathon entrants might be forced to sit this one out because of the volcano. When the field in question numbers 25,000, that 2 percent amounts to 500 runners, which seems like a lot, considering how exclusive the event is—some runners spend years chasing the elusive qualifying times.

Fortunately, for several Boise women, that's 500 fewer people they have to beat in order to win. Boise's Cori Mooney, a defending champion of the Race to Robie Creek races in Boston today. Click here for real-time coverage.

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