Belmont’s Fast Nobel Prize Winner Racing in Monday’s BAA Marathon

Photo: The BAA Marathon.

It’s likely Wolfgang Ketterle will be the fastest Nobel Prize winner participating in Monday’s 119th Boston Athletic Association Marathon, but the 57-year-old academic could have another impressive distinction; first Belmontian to cross the finish line on Boston’s Boylston Street.

The MIT professor of physics, who with Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for their work on Bose–Einstein condensate, will be running with the low bib number 655.  Ketterle, who is a member of Somerville Road Runners, finished last year’s BAA race in 2 hours, 44 minutes and 6 seconds, good for 528th overall and third fastest runner in the 55-59 age group. 

“With science and running, you should never give up. You should challenge yourself and be willing to exhaust yourself. I like that, both in science and running,” Ketterle told Runner’s World when it profiled him in it’s “I’m a Runner” feature in 2009. 

In the past decade, the fastest Belmont master runner (those over 40 years old) was Robert Cipriano, who runs the marathon in the 2 hour, 40 minute range in his early 50s, but the long-time resident – and like Ketterle, a Somerville Road Runner – pulled up stakes to Brighton. 

In addition to Ketterle, 27 Belmont residents will hopefully be toeing the line in Hopkinton on what is likely a cool and cloudy day (although there will be a head wind). Find out if your neighbor will be racing (many for charity and causes) on Marathon Monday. 

Name, age, bib number 

  1. Peter Arsenault, 29, 28943
  2. Apo Ashjian, 58, 28793
  3. Stefanie Baker, 28, 31298
  4. Rachid Belhocine, 55, 11071
  5. Cara Brickley, 40, 29699
  6. Laurent Canneva, 37, 28397 (France)
  7. John Carey, 48, 5278
  8. Sarkis Chekijian, 41, 26400
  9. Kaleigh Connors, 24, 30565
  10. Charlie Conroy, 45, 2194
  11. Virginia Cox, 48, 23429
  12. Kelly Fanning, 37, 29181
  13. Paul Firth, 47, 30320
  14. Julie Holt, 33, 27895
  15. Richard Horgan, 61, 26017
  16. Glenn Imboywa, 28, 28713
  17. Satomi Kato, 49, 22623
  18. Wolfgang Ketterle, 57, 655
  19. Carolyn Mehaffey, 51, 24532
  20. Stephen Najarian, 59, 31462
  21. Carrie Palmer, 40, 25700
  22. Christina Pickering, 37, 16226
  23. Damien Pinault, 42, 8260
  24. Becca Pizzi, 35, 16965
  25. Kai Saukkonen, 52, 29973
  26. Emily Seaver, 30, 31440
  27. Kimberly Usseglio, 29, 27125
  28. James Winter, 43, 31342
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