~ 2018 RRCA Challenged Athlete of the Year Marko Cheseto has Standout Performance at the 2019 Boston Marathon ~
From Anchorage Daily News by Beth Bragg
Marko Cheseto, a star runner in Anchorage before and after he lost both of his feet to frostbite in 2011, surpassed the world marathon record for double amputees at the Boston Marathon on April 15.
Cheseto beat the world’s previous-best time by a below-the-knees double amputee by 28 seconds.
Cheseto, racing on carbon-fiber running blades, completed the 26.2-mile race in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 24 seconds. In a field of more than 30,000 runners, he placed 483rd overall and 450th among men [wearing a lucky RRCA hat given to him by Andy Smith, RRCA program manager before the race].
Richard Whitehead of Great Britain set the double-amputee world record of 2:42:52 at the 2010 Chicago Marathon.
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Following his record setting Boston Marathon, Cheseto quickly turned around and ran the 2019 All State Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10K
in New Orleans, LA on April 20, earning 3rd in his age group division, 24th overall, and finished the race in 36:22.