Local runners bring strong Oregon presence to Boston Marathon

Think Oregonians like to run?

A total of 463 runners from the state of Oregon are listed among the entrants for the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Those numbers come to you courtesy of the Boston Athletic Association.

Thirty-eight of the Oregon registrants list Eugene or Springfield as their hometown, with another dozen entrants from the surrounding area. Here’s the official BAA breakdown: Eugene (31), Springfield (7), Creswell (3), Coos Bay (2), Veneta (1), Coburg (1), Junction City (1), Harrisburg (1), Roseburg (1), Yoncalla (1) and North Bend (1).

Two Eugene runners are listed in the “elite” category.

Craig Leon, 29, placed 10th overall at last year’s Boston Marathon. He was the third American to cross the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 38 seconds. He set his marathon PR of 2:13:52 at the 2013 Chicago Marathon last October. Jim Grabow, 29, is an all-American runner from Long Beach State. He set his marathon PR of 2:12:29 in placing 10th overall at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Both Leon and Grabow compete for Team Run Eugene.

We’d like to take this opportunity to shine a spotlight on the local runners who will be making the trek to Boston this year.

They are all Citizens of TrackTown USA!

Here’s the complete list of local entrants provided by the Boston Athletic Association data base. Our apologies in advance if we missed someone.

EUGENE
Angel Amores, 50; Lucas Armenta, 25; David Bong, 62; John Carter, 73; Tyler Cates, 46; Bob Coll, 53; Larry Coxe, 58; William Cresko, 44; Eliza Drummond, 53; Terry Froemming, 64; Nancy Gissel, 55; Tim Godsil, 65; Jimmy Grabow, 29; Emily Hainon, 29; Cameron Hanes, 46; Tod Harris, 48; Christina Haynes, 31; Diza Hilles, 51; Eileen Jamieson, 57; Trisha Kluge, 54; Celeste Kuta, 57; Jonna Leighton, 40; Craig Leon, 29; Emily Lightcap, 22; Dave McJunkin, 68; Greg Nieckarz, 45; Michael Taylor, 42; Tom Titus, 57; Cathy Ward, 57; Shawna Wetzel, 23; Lauren Worth, 37.

SPRINGFIELD
Wendy Funkhouser, 57; Steven Hardy, 61; Sarah Lloyd, 28; Matt Sayre, 36; Rebecca Snyder, 30; Susan Staffel, 63; Chandra Wilkins, 35.

CRESWELL
Lonn Robertson, 59; Ryan Sankey, 33; Jase Simmons, 45.

COOS BAY
Debbie Bassett, 48; Frank Searfus, 63.

COBURG
Brad Chvatal, 42.

HARRISBURG
Dale Bergey, 56.

JUNCTION CITY
Laurie Vancurler, 42.

NORTH BEND
Michael Schrader, 45.

ROSEBURG
Donna Eads, 50.

VENETA
Kari Westlund, 52.

YONCALLA
Lisa Frasieur, 38.