A Navarre resident who did about half of his training on an oil producing platform in the Gulf of Mexico was the top local finisher in the 2014 Boston Marathon April 21. According to the Boston Athletic Association’s website, 40-year-old Clayton Honaker finished the race in 3:10:13 finishing 4,188 overall out of about 36,000 runners.
Honaker had completed marathons before including New Orleans, Disney in Orlando and Pensacola, but he said Boston was a completely different environment. “It was definitely unlike any other with so many people watching and cheering for you,” Honaker said.
Honaker’s wife Laurie attended the race to support her husband like she has done many times before, but she said security was much tighter based on the bombing last year. “You felt there were eyes on you. Multiple security checkpoints, police with dogs, police riding bicycles up and down the streets, FBI, bomb squad,” she said. “It was reassuring to know there was so much safety. It made me feel better.”
Four other Navarre residents also completed the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Troy Godbee of Navarre finished the race in 3:20:55 and Christopher Hicks finished about four minutes behind Godbee with a time of 3:24:54.
Paul and Cynthia Villanova ran Boston as a fundraiser for Team HOPe, supporting the House of Possibilities, a charity for people with developmental disabilities. We will have more information about the Villanova’s race in the May 1 issue of Navarre Press.
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