Francestown man hopes to join exclusive Boston club
A software engineer in Cambridge, Mass., Peters has just about finished his initiation rites into the exclusive group. Somewhere around 1:30 this afternoon, he figures he will have all the paperwork — make that legwork — completed.
"It's kind of cool, Peters said. "I have a few friends who are in it and they've kind of pulled me along."
He would love to break three hours this year, but said he wouldn't mind anything between 3:00 and 3:10.
"It was almost like 9/11 again," Peters said. "You had the first puff of smoke and then a few seconds later another explosion. It was just like the airplanes. They locked us in the hotel and stopped all communications. People were trying to call home and couldn't do it."
"I hated running," Peters aid. "But if you worked at Wang and wanted to do anything, you ran."
He fell in with the runners and had everything he could do to keep up with them at first, but eventually one thing led to another and by 1990 he was running the Boston Marathon. He hasn't stopped since.
So he ran in 1990, then broke three hours with a time of two hours, 57 minutes in 1991. He ran another, then another.
Bennett Beach, 64, of Bethesda, Md., leads the group with 46 straight Bostons. Two of the 52 are listed as New Hampshire residents and at least one other has strong Granite State ties.David Audet, 49, of Concord has finished Boston each of the last 26 years.Mike Beeman, 57, a former Derry resident and Londonderry High School basketball coach, has run 36 straight. He lives in Tifton, Ga., now.
The longest current Boston streak by a Granite Stater (37) ends today.Stanley Vancelette, 77, of Amherst is listed as an entrant, but will not be in the race.
Vancelette never set out to run Boston each year, for nearly four decades.
All kinds of things could have come up and interfered."
But they didn't.
He didn't want to hang it up at Mile 16.
"Actually, they didn't want me to finish. They wanted to put me on a bus and take me to Boston. I was having problems, but I did want to finish. I stayed out of the way of all the activities. Obviously I couldn't cross the finish line, but I did the distance."
That was nice, but it likely didn't much matter.