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Chaisson happy with his Boston result

Islander tops strong group of Maritimers at historic race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 18, 2017

BOSTON, Mass., U.S.A. – Stan Chaisson was the top Maritime finisher in yesterday’s Boston Marathon, his fifth appearance at the storied race.
The Charlottetown runner ran a steady race in the Boston heat, which reached as high as 26 degrees, finishing with a time of 2:41:15, good for 210th overall and 163rd in his age division.
“Overall I was happy with my result,” said Chaisson on Tuesday. “The temperatures were warmer that what I’m used to, but I managed to pace myself well and was mindful of adequate hydration.”
Chaisson shared a great moment with fellow Prince Edward Islander Sara Deveau, who was volunteering at the finish line. He credits her for encouraging him to start running.
The 34-year-old Islander had a goal of beating his Boston personal best and finishing under 2:38, missing that mark by barely three minutes.
“I was on pace for my goal for much of the race, but slowed in the last three miles,” he said. “The crowd pulled me along and I managed a solid result.”
Chaisson was the first of 166 Maritimers to cross the finish line in Boston on Monday, marking a day of strong performances from the region.
“It feels great to be the top Maritimer,” he said. “Although the marathon for me is always a personal challenge, it is rewarding to hear I did well regionally too.”
Amber Spriggs of Charlottetown was the top female finisher from Prince Edward Island at 3:29:12.
Elsewhere in the region, New Brunswick history was made as Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis finished at 2:45:46, breaking the provincial record for the female marathon in the province set by Paula Keating in 2011. Keating herself also had a huge run yesterday, finishing at 3:00:15, second overall in her age division.
Colin McQuade of Riverview was the top male New Brunswicker at 2:46:13.
The top Nova Scotia finisher was Rami Bardeesy of Halifax at 2:52:38, and the top female was Holly Van Gestel of Antigonish at 3:18:31. Other notable finishes included 79-year-old Malcolm Pain of Halifax, whose 4:04:26 was good enough for third in his age category, while 61-year-old Morag McDonah of Halifax finished second in her age category with a 3:20:10 finish.