Wilmington Police Department Captain Jeff Allsbrook ran in his second Boston Marathon this week, but this is the first time he ran after officially qualifying.
When he competed in Boston in 2007, he was invited to run but had not yet reached the milestone of achieving a qualifying time. In defining the significance of qualifying, Allsbrook explains, “I ran my qualifier in Myrtle Beach in 2008 with a time of 3:28:15. It is this that I am most proud of. The Boston Marathon is sort of a ‘victory lap’ for most of us. The hard part is getting there.”
Allsbrook, age 45, is a 22-year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department. He currently serves as Commander of the Support Services Division.
The race has two “wave starts.” Wave 1 is the elite field of racers (13,999 runners). Captain Allsbrook was in this elite group. The total registered field of runners was approximately 25,000. Allsbrook finished 8,177 overall, completing the Marathon in 3 hours 33 minutes and beating his previous time by over 25 minutes.
Captain Allsbrook says he ran in honor and in memory of recently slain Wilmington Police Officer Richard Matthews.