A Run in the Sun

On a day with record-setting temperatures, the Tufts Marathon Team went the distance

It seemed more like summer than spring in Hopkinton, Mass., the starting point for the 116th Boston Marathon on April 16. With temperatures forecast to rise well into the 80s, 96 members of the Tufts Marathon Team took part in the 26.2-mile run for the 10th consecutive year.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends from across the country trained together under the guidance of Coach Don Megerle and raised more than $535,000 in support of nutrition, medical and fitness programs at Tufts. The challenge has raised nearly $3 million since its inception.

Members of the Tufts community turned out along the route, cheering the team and handing out water for the scorched runners—and spraying some on them, too.

The top finisher for the Tufts team was Elyshia Hankin, a resident in diagnostic imaging at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the Cummings School, who ran the course in 3 hours, 29 minutes and 2 seconds. The top finisher among students was Weilin Mun, A13, who ran the course in 3 hours, 31 minutes and 26 seconds. They both achieved qualifying times for the 2013 Boston Marathon. The top male finisher was Todd Yezefski, a fourth-year medical student, with 3 hours, 35 minutes and 50 seconds.

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