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Folsom resident among top finishers at Boston Marathon

By: Matt Long
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In his first Boston Marathon, Folsom’s Kevin Pool finished near the front of the pack, placing 31st overall in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 30 seconds in the 26.2-mile race on April 18. Pool, 28, finished 20 minutes after race winner Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya. “I thought I was capable of running faster, but it was a positive experience for me and I had fun,” Pool said. “It was my first time running it and it’s a difficult course if you’ve never run it before.” Pool had hoped to run about two to three minutes faster and was on pace to do so, but he slowed a bit in the last five miles. “A lot of the race is downhill, including the last five miles, and that’s hard on the quads and mine just locked up,” Pool said. “That just made it harder to run. (Knowing what I know now), I should have done more specific downhill training so my legs could have held up to the pounding.” Pool’s personal-best time in a marathon is 2:22, which he ran in the California International Marathon in 2009. He is originally from Maryland, which is where he graduated high school before attending Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where he ran cross country and track. He currently works as a program organizer for the Sacramento Running Association and also coaches distance runners on the Granite Bay High track team. He also serves as an assistant coach with the school’s cross country team in the fall. Pool plans to run another marathon later this year and is hopeful to someday compete in the Boston Marathon again. “I’d like to go back and do better,” Pool said, “but whether that’s next year or two years from now, I don’t know.”