Lyons achieves goal of running Boston race


HANOVER – Jay Lyons, formerly of Hanover, now living in Maryland Heights, Mo., returned to New England to participate in the 110th Boston Marathon. Lyons, along with 22,472 other entered runners, spent Patriots Day running 26 miles 385 yards through the streets of Boston. It was a cool overcast day with a slight breeze, perfect marathon weather.

Lyons’ official time was 2:57:23, which placed him 795th out of the 19,688 runners who completed the course.

He has been training in Missouri and preparing for the run by competing in other races, including the 2005 California International Marathon, the Spirit of St. Louis Half Marathon, the St. Louis Track Club Half Marathon and the Lewis and Clark Half Marathon.

Lyons is the son of Elmer and Nancy Lyons of Hanover. He is a graduate of Rumford High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., and is working for Boeing in St. Louis.

Running the Boston Marathon had been a goal for Lyons since his high school days when he was a cross-country runner.