Boston Marathon Recap
Congratulations to the nine harriers who completed the Boston Marathon in less than ideal weather conditions! Covered in mud and soaked from heavy rain before arriving at the starting line, they endured some of the worst race day weather conditions in Boston over the past 30 years. While waiting to be called to the starting line, the athlete’s village was a mess, which Harrier Mirjam Lablans noted resembled a “mud fest.” Eva Frissora also noted that her attire was chosen with the hope to withstand the weather; prior to the race, she wore a custom CVS plastic head covering, trash bags as a poncho, and plastic bag coverings for her shoes. Justin Perkins even ran the entire race in a poncho.
The terrible race conditions serve as a strong testament to their mental toughness. The magic of the Boston Marathon was still in full force - competitors were full of energy and crowds still cheered along the 26.2 mile course. The first place men’s and women’s finishers were also notable: Yuki Kawauchi, a full-time worker and non-sponsored runner, won the men’s race and Desi Linden, a professional runner from Michigan, was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since 1985.
The Harriers didn’t let the adverse weather get the best of them; they still ran fast, enjoyed the race, and made sure to celebrate after. Mirjam summed up her race experience: “I love this marathon. Even when it tries to kick your butt, which, at least as far as the weather is concerned, it has now down three out of the five years I've run it. But you better believe I'll be back next year, when I'm sure we're guaranteed perfect running weather.” Also a big thanks to Trish Piekarski for cheering on Harriers nearby mile 24!