Story last updated at 2:34 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2002

Chapple runs Boston Marathon
Jennifer Chapple took a week off from her duties as a hurdlers coach at Homer High School to tackle a different sort of challenge <> running the Boston Marathon.

According to race results published by the Anchorage Daily News, the 30-year-old Chapple finished the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 57 minutes even, a time that had her at 2,463 in the women's field.

Running with the swarm of 15,000-plus competitors and multitudes of security officers and fans as the race coursed through the neighborhoods of Boston is the realization of a family calling for Chapple, whose grandfather ran 17 Boston Marathons.

There were 35 Alaskans in the race. Kevin Brineger (2:44:42) of Fairbanks was the top Alaskan placing 81st in the men's race, which was won by Rogers Rop (2:09:02) of Kenya. Alaska's top woman finisher was Lachelle Croteau (3:24:09) of Wasilla. Margaret Okayo (2:20:43) of Kenya was the fastest woman.

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