Mainers make the most of coldest, wettest Boston Marathon in decades
BOSTON (WGME) - 2018’s marathon Monday was a soaker, but the rain didn't stop runners down in Beantown.
More than 30,000 runners braced the downpours for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon.
The wind and the cold made it that much worse, but these runners were resilient, powering through the puddles, to make sure they finished. And there were still plenty of people to cheer them on along the sidelines, soaking wet.
"The rain is definitely keeping people from being out here,” said Gwen Pasch of Falmouth. “But I think just with it the atmosphere is still a great as it ever was."
Trough puddles and downpours, fans and runners tried preparing for the worst.
"Definitely packed a lot of warm clothes,” said Holly Todd of Millinocket. “I definitely wish i had my ski pants right now!"
"Lots of layers,” Pasch added. “Yeah. Not enough. Didn't bring enough."
Runners took it all with stride.
So, how was it out there?
“Really cold! I can't talk because my face is so cold!"” said Tracy Guerrette, a competitor from St. Agatha in Aroostook County, after the race. She was the first woman from Maine to cross the finish line, with a time of two hours, fifty-four minutes.
“It was an honor to start with the elites, so I think I went out way too hard. But how can you not?"
"It's just an honor to represent my state! I know so many people were thinking of me today and I felt their prayers out there!"
Runners needed that extra strength Monday to make it to the finish line.
"I had a jacket on while I was running,” said Kyle Price of New Jersey. “But ten miles in I had to get rid of it because it was too heavy. I kept warm for the first half of it anyway!"
"You just gotta suck it up and get through it. It's that tough Maine mentality,” added Guerrette. "This is the most historic race! You know, it's epic!"
They finished wet and cold, but still victorious, encompassing what it means to run the Boston Marathon
"It's really great to be out here and supporting everyone,” said Pasch. “It's just really a bonding experience around the city."
There were also some big wins at today's race.
Desi Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.
Yuki Kawauchi from Japan jumped ahead later in the race to become the men’s winner.