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Folsom runner places third in Boston Marathon, tops among Americans

Shadrack Biwott of Folsom, shown running in the 2017 Boston Marathon, finished third in this year’s race. Biwott battled pouring rain, thick sheets of fog and bitterly cold winds Monday while posting the top mark (2:18:32) for an American male.
Shadrack Biwott of Folsom, shown running in the 2017 Boston Marathon, finished third in this year’s race. Biwott battled pouring rain, thick sheets of fog and bitterly cold winds Monday while posting the top mark (2:18:32) for an American male. Associated Press

Folsom resident Shadrack Biwott placed third in Monday’s Boston Marathon with a time of 2:18:32, the top mark for an American man.

Biwott, 33, battled bleeding toes and aching muscles to place fourth in Boston last year, running for the first time in what’s commonly known as America’s Greatest Race.

Pouring rain, thick sheets of fog and bitterly cold winds slowed Biwott’s 2018 time by nearly 6 1/2 minutes, but he finished behind only Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi and Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya.

A Kenya native and American citizen, Biwott spent his high school and early college years in Albuquerque, N.M., before becoming an All-American at the University of Oregon in Eugene, aka TrackTown USA.

He moved to Folsom after graduating in 2009 and began racing with the Sacramento Running Association, then switched to Mammoth Track Club before splitting off to work independently before his unsponsored Boston run in 2017.

Other local runners also excelled in Boston: The Sacramento Running Association masters men won the team competition, led by Charlie Brenneman, who was the fourth fastest master runner of the day, according to an association tweet.

The SRA Elite women, led by Melissa Penwell, placed ninth as a team. Penwell ran a personal record of 2:55:01, according to the association.

Desiree Linden, 34, became the first American to win the women’s division in Boston since 1985 with an unofficial 2:39:54 time.


Kawauchi, a full-time clerk with the Japanese government, has won all four marathons he has run in 2018 and has five more on his race schedule this year, plus a 50-kilometer competition.

Biwott and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Xavier and Eve. His brother Duncan Kibett ran the 2009 Rotterdam Marathon in 2:04:27, then the second-fastest mark of all time.

Benjy Egel: (916) 321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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