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Area runners run through heat to finish Boston Marathon

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BOSTON - Five Bemidji area runners battled summer-like heat Monday to finish the 116th Boston Marathon.

The following are the runners and their times:

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- Daniel W. Bjorkstrand, 48, of Guthrie, 3 hours, 45 minutes, 40 seconds

- Mark Dwyer, 54, of Bemidji, 3:50:00

- Timberly Christiansen, 35, of Bemidji, 4:23:47

- Lee A. Hanson, 53, of Bemidji, 4:24:45

- Mark I. Peske, 55, of Bemidji, 4:44:20

The heat slowed the leaders and led to warnings that may have convinced as many as 4,300 no-shows to sit this one out. Race organizers offered those who picked up their registration packets but did not start the opportunity to save a place in next year's race.

According to the Associated Press, the largely unprecedented offer was issued in response to forecasts that called for temperatures rising from 69 at the start to a high of 87 by mid-afternoon, when runners were still streaming across the Back Bay finish line at the end of their 26.2-mile trek.

A total of 22,426 runners started the race in Hopkinton - about 84 percent of the registered field of 26,716 entrants. A total of 3,683 never collected their bib numbers over the weekend. Another 427 who picked up their starting bibs did not show up at the start; they will be offered a chance to run in 2013 instead.

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