Runners from the Triad who have competed in Boston Marathons ran in the same race with Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi in 2010, and they lined up behind Keflezighi and Shalane Flanagan and Des Linden in 2015.
But they were joined in those fields by this week's big name, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Kavanaugh, at his White House introduction on Monday night, talked about coaching his two daughters in basketball, even earning the moniker of "Coach K" in what is assuredly a nod to Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
But Kavanaugh also appears to love running.
Kavanaugh, at age 45, competed in the 2010 Boston Marathon, finishing in three hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds, according to his U.S. Court of Appeals biography and Boston Marathon archives. In 2015, as a 50-year-old, Kavanaugh crossed the finish line on Boylston Street in 4:08:36 on a cold, rainy day.
For the record, Hall took fourth in 2010 in 2:08:41, with Keflezighi fifth in 2:09:26. In 2015, the defending champion Keflezighi was eighth in 2:12:42, and Linden claimed fourth among the women in 2:25:39 with Flanagan ninth in 2:27:47.
Kavanaugh has competed on a team, the D.C. Circuitry, that regularly wins medals in an annual 5K charity race, the ACLI Capital Challenge, in Anacostia Park. Kavanaugh's team led the judicial standings in the 2015 event, a year in which former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan of Greensboro finished as the top female senator in 35:15.
The judge also appears to have been a bit of a road race regular, among them the Autism Speaks Potomac 5K (24:44) in Potomac, Md., in 2016; the Dewey Beach Buddy Run 5K (22:32) in Delaware in 2015; the Lawyers Have Heart 10K (49:08 and 49:17) in Washington in 2014 and in 2012; the St. Patrick's Day 8K (43:24) in Washington in 2013; and the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run (1:19:29) in Washington in 2012.