Middleboro and Lakeville runners take on the Boston Marathon

Apr 15, 2024

Several Middleboro and Lakeville runners took on the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, braving unusually high temperatures. 

Middleboro resident Yi Wang finished in under three hours, with a time of two hours and 53 minutes.

Other runners from Middleboro were Elizabeth Stanbrook, who finished with a time of just over five hours, and 37 minutes, Mitchel Graziano, who finished in five hours, 9 minutes and 21 seconds, and Katie Shanahan, who completed the race in five hours, 18 minutes and 58 seconds.

Kimberly Mcclymonds finished in seven hours, 8 minutes and 18 seconds.

From Lakeville, resident Christopher Johnson finished in five hours, 19 minutes and 31 seconds.

Mcclymonds ran as a member of the American Liver Foundation team for the second year in a row.

She finished last year’s race in just over five and a half hours.

While she hoped to finish faster this year, she said, her goals were thwarted when she injured her Achilles tendon during the race.

With the injury, and the unexpectedly high temperatures on race day, she said: “It was the most challenging race I’ve ever done. But I was determined to fight through and finish.”  

The Middleboro resident decided to run last year with the American Liver Foundation because she has lost, and almost lost, many loved ones to liver disease, she said. 

Her father, Alan Holmes, a retired Brockton firefighter captain, died of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in 2014.

Four years ago, Mcclymonds’ cousin had a liver transplant. And then last year, she lost a coworker and friend to the same illness.

She runs “for awareness,” she said. “A lot of people don’t know liver disease is a thing.”

Mcclymonds never imagined she’d run a marathon — let alone Boston, she stated. Last year, she completed her first 26.2 mile race at 54 years old. 

She described the experience as “magical” — a word she doesn’t use to describe anything in her life, she pointed out. 

“I crossed the finish line and said, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to do this again next year.’”