CCC vice president runs in Boston Marathon

CNJ staff

BOSTON — Becky Rowley, executive vice president of Clovis Community College, was among the thousands of runners who competed in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Rowley, competing in the 40-49 age division, posted a time of three hours, 45 minutes, 36 seconds over the famous 26-mile, 384-yard route to place her 470th in a field of probably a couple of thousand. She was 9,402nd overall and 2,341st among all women entered in the race.

She said she ran her first Boston Marathon in 1998 and has tried to run it every other year. She wasn’t able to compete last year, though, noting the weather then was close to perfect.

In 2004, she said it was hot and sunny for the event; this year’s competitors had to deal with rain, cold and wind.

“I’ve never had one where I’ve had to run in rain like this,” she said. “There was a real strong headwind the whole way, although (the spectators) help block it off.”

Rowley, a Clovis native who has also run in three marathons in Chicago, four in Albuquerque and one in Oklahoma City since 1997, said her time Monday was her “second or third-best” in the event. She plans to enter the Boston Marathon again.

“I’d like to keep running it because you have to qualify (by time) every so often to be in it,” Rowley said.