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Oneonta Man crosses the finish line in Boston Marathon

Oneonta Man crosses the
finish line in Boston Marathon

Thomas Slicer hasn’t been a marathon runner all of his life. “I only started training for marathons last year,” he said. “Before that I was training for all of the shorter distance races.”

Mr. Slicer turns 28 in June, and he just finished his first Boston Marathon in April — the average age for male runners in that 26.2-mile run is 42. It’s the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known road racing events.

“There are so many inspiring stories that come out of the Boston Marathon,” he said. “The one I remember the most is when Jacob Russell pushed Patrick Dewey on a stroller. It was incredible.”

Mr. Slicer is from Oneonta and went to Oneonta High School, then on to SUNY Delhi. He trained for the Boston race in Oneonta.

HOW SWEET IT IS! Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

HOW SWEET IT IS!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among

Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

Jacob Russell flashes a grin at Patrick Dewey’s sister, Sarah, who snapped this photo Monday as Boston Marathon participants ran by.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – Patrick Dewey knew just how to help Jacob Russell get up the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill, the half-mile uphill stretch just past the 20-mile mark.

“He was humming Led Zepplin’s ‘Heartbreaker’, appropriately,” said Russell. “It really gave me encouragement. It was a challenge, but it’s not as bad as the Sleeping Lion!”

The pair, who have been racing together since 2012, completed their first Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, finishing fifth among wheelchair-racing duos with a time of 3:28:53.

“It’s our best marathon time yet,” Jacob said. “And for it to be the one we’ve been working for all these years is really fantastic.”

THEY’RE OFF!: Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

THEY’RE OFF!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

Pals since their days at Cooperstown Central, Jacob Russell, left, and Patrick Dewey are on the move at this hour, competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Judy Steiner Grin of Fly Creek, inset, took and photo and had her photo taken with a banner she prepared to let Jacob and Patrick that fans from their hometown were on hand.  The team have surpassed their fundraising goal of $10,000, which will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children, in Ashford, Conn.  Jacob is graduating in May from Harvard, and Patrick from Edinboro in Pennsylvania.

Massachusetts Accountant Wins Cooperstown’s First Marathon

Massachusetts Accountant Wins

‘Race Lake’, A Cooperstown First

The Sullivan family was all smiles after dad Jim won "Race the Lake," Cooperstown's first marathon, at 10:51 today.  With him are wife Colleen and baby Cailin.  (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Sullivan family was all smiles after dad Jim won “Race the Lake,” Cooperstown’s first marathon, at 10:51 today. With him are wife Colleen and baby Cailin. (JIm Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Dierdre Dwyer of Poughkeepsie and Cooperstown breaks the tape, the winner of today's half-marathon.
Dierdre Dwyer of Poughkeepsie and Cooperstown breaks the tape, the winner of today’s half-marathon.

COOPERSTOWN – James Sullivan, an accountant from Chelmsford, Mass., who has run six marathons – including Boston’s – in the past eight weeks, crossed the finish line at 10.53.07 p.m. today, winning the first-ever Cooperstown marathon, “Race The Lake.”

His time was 2:54:34, and he finished a good mile ahead of the second finisher, Dierdre Dwyer, of Poughkeepsie (the family has a weekend home locally), who won the half-marathon in 1:29:44.

PHOTO GALLERY OF TODAY’S RACE

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