Steamboat Springs It is one of the few races where finishing 5,351 positions behind is an admirable feat.
At the 105th Boston Marathon Monday, Steamboat's Emily Conjura finished in the No. 5,352 spot in a field of more than 15,000 competitors.
The 26.2 mile course stretches from Hopkinton, Mass. to Boston.
Three Steamboat runners competed in the marathon, including Conjura, a 25-year-old Colorado Mountain College employee.
Tracey Tyson and Jennifer Schubert-Akin of Steamboat Springs also completed the marathon.
"As much as I complained about the hills, I really liked them," Conjura said.
"I think the hills in Boston really separate people out."
Conjura finished in 3 hours, 33 minutes and 12 seconds.
She was followed by Tyson at 3:40:12 and Schubert-Akin at 3:43:42.
Only 3 minutes and 30 seconds separated Tyson and Schubert-Akin but they finished more than 800 positions apart.
Tyson, a 27-year-old teacher at Strawberry Park School, was in the No. 6,469 spot.
Schubert-Akin, owner of Marathon Accounting Services, was No. 7,277.
She will give it another go next year, she said.
"I'm just going to keep going," said Schubert-Akin, who just finished her 7th Boston Marathon at age 43.
The runners were all given an electronic chip before the race that they fastened to their shoelaces so their time could be tracked.
Their times were then updated on the Boston Marathon Web site every 5 kilometers.
Rick Akin, who is Jennifer's husband, said he frequently checked the times from his Laptop at his hotel room in Boston.
"That is extremely helpful because you know how she's progressing," he said.
"You can kind of watch TV to see the winners finish and then head down to catch your runner finish."
Tyson said the loudest group of spectators were from Wellesley College.
The Boston College students also got rowdy, she said.
"That's where everyone's just partying and there's all these drunk guys," Tyson said.
The first-place finisher at the 2001 Boston Marathon was South Korea's Lee Bong-Ju, who won in 2:09:43.