Six Martha’s Vineyard runners braved the cold and rain to complete the 119th Boston Marathon on Monday.
Marylee Schroeder of West Tisbury, running in her 12th Boston Marathon, clocked in with the fastest Islander time of 3:38:28. James Lanctot of West Tisbury came in at 3:41:13; Erin Tiernan of Oak Bluffs 3:53:51; Jamie Leon of Oak Bluffs, 3:58:05; Dianne Carr of Edgartown, 6:02:56; and Katie Stafford of Oak Bluffs, 6:36:32.
“It was a lot colder than I expected,” Ms. Schroeder told The Times on Tuesday. “I ditched my rain jacket right before the start, and I really regretted it. They said that with wind chill, it was the coldest Boston Marathon on record. It was a struggle.”
Despite the brutal conditions, Ms. Schroeder bested her 2014 time by six minutes and 19 seconds. This year’s epic winter did not stop her from training. Ms. Schroeder said she and a small group of runners managed to run every Sunday without fail. She also took the the “Runners Challenge” with Chantal Desgagne of Vineyard Haven, and ran every day in the month of January. “I ran during that first blizzard. I figured if I can do that, I can run in anything,” she said laughing. “But Monday was really tough.”