A Whitesburg doctor who ran in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday called the race “a very wonderful experience.”
Dr. Fares Khater, who lives in Pikeville but works as an infectious disease specialist at Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation’s Whitesburg Clinic, finished the 26.2 mile race in 3 hours, 42 minutes, 16 seconds, a time above the average of most finishers.
Khater said it got windy and started to rain just before the race began, but cleared up and became “hot like summertime” soon after the start. He said it got cold and rainy again soon after he finished.
“We experienced four seasons in just a few hours,” Khater laughed. “New England weather.”
Khater has already qualified for next year’s race after running in a marathon in Corning, New York, earlier this year. He said he ran the Boston Marathon as a “celebration run.”
Khater returned home on Tuesday.
More than 26,000 runners representing several different countries — 4,279 of them in Dr. Khater’s age group of 45 to 49 — ran in Monday’s race. Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, won the race in front of previous two-time winner Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia. Cherono posted a time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, 57 seconds.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson finished the race in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 7 seconds.