With the memories and the fatigue from Monday’s marathon still fresh, Island runners shared their Patriots Day experiences with the Times. Chantal Desgagne, Ben Martin, and Joellen BenDavid expressed similar postrace sentiments: pride in their accomplishment and the rigors imposed by sun and 70° temps.
Marylee Schroeder finished in 3:50:51, Ms. Desgagne was done in 4:05:30, Ms. BenDavid completed the course in 4:27:03, and Mr. Martin crossed the finish line in 4:35:13.
Cheered along the route by loved ones as well as complete strangers, the three agreed that the marathon was an “amazing” experience. The unseasonable heat, however, did take a toll on each.
“The second half of the race, my mind was working but my legs weren’t,” said Ms. Desgagne. “I ended up walking quite a bit, and missed qualifying for next year’s Boston by four minutes.” That won’t stop her from doing Boston next year. “I’ll be back,” she declared. “I’ll find an easier marathon to use as qualification.”
Ben Martin was inspired by the entire experience, especially the “tunnel of screaming” provided by Boston College and Wellesley students. As for the heat, “Heartbreak Hill did live up to its name,” he remarked. Mr. Martin finished his first Boston marathon with a 4:35 time, and has not yet decided about next year.
For Ms. BenDavid, effects of the heat were offset by the loud support of friends and family, and the anticipation of that final turn onto Boylston Street. “Seeing the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square is a thrill,” she said. “I’m happy to have Boston be my last full marathon.”