You dragged me in . . . in 1979 Dick Mahoney, a local from Weymouth, Massachusetts, ran the race of his life and crossed the line in 10th place with a 2:14. Surely, for an American, that was fabulous -- the local club must have jumping for joy that one of Mass' finest had placed so highly.
He didn't even count in GBTC's scoring. There were THREE club members, all living and training in Massachusetts, that had crossed in front of him.
1. Bill Rodgers, GBTC, 2:09.27 (still the club record)
3. Bob Hodge, GBTC, 2:12.30
7. Randy Thomas, GBTC, 2:14.20
10. Dick "The Mailman" Mahoney, GBTC, 2:14.36
a great resource which may answer some of your questions is Bob Hodge's website
the "rememberances" are very good, and in some of the "races" sections there some great links to old articles about New England's marathoning heyday
of course, I'll comment that we do have the world record holder in the marathon right now