Braving The Elements
Adams Runs ‘Most Fun’ Marathon Ever
BOSTON — Temperatures were near freezing.
Wind gusts blew at upward of 30 mph.
Two inches of rain fell Monday in Boston.
And Brooke Adams had the time of her life.
Running her fourth Boston Marathon, Adams finished in 3:15:07 — good for 483rd among women — with a pace of 7 minutes, 27 seconds per mile.
“It was the most fun I’ve ever had in a marathon. I just ran Tokyo where my goal was to break three hours. If I did that at Tokyo, my goal at Boston was just to run and have fun,” Adams said. “It’s not really enough time to have your body recover. I ran with a friend for most of it (Monday). I was high-fiving people and getting the crowd going. … I wasn’t staring at my watch or listening to my music. I was taking in all the sights and sounds of Boston. This is the greatest marathon in the world.”
The Southwestern assistant principal and Randolph native placed 438th among women ages 18-39 and 4,284th overall.
After completing her world major marathon circuit less than two months ago with the Tokyo Marathon on Feb. 25, Adams she wouldn’t approach her personal-best time Monday.
Mother Nature made sure of that for nearly all of the competitors in the race.
“By far. Absolutely, this was the worst,” Adams said of the conditions. “They were calling it the terrible trifecta. The cold temperatures — before we started it felt below freezing — the gusts of wind were up to 30 mph and the rain … 2 inches fell during the race.
“That’s what made it really hard. You have to go to the race early. Even though I started at 10 a.m. with the first wave, you have to get there … on a bus by 6:45 … and at the race by 7:45,” Adams added. “In the rain … snow on the ground, mud and rain until you start. People were dressed in snow boots and rain gear until the race had to start.”
Randolph teacher Melissa Rublee-Shawley completed her first Boston Marathon in 3:34:35 — good for 2,451st among women — with a pace of 8:11 per mile. Rublee-Shawley was 1,982nd among women ages 18-39 and 9,247th overall.
“Melissa got into marathon running with a goal of qualifying for Boston,” Adams said. “This was very meaningful to her. She was really close to her personal record.”
Randolph native Lauren Carnahan, who works for the state Education Department in Albany, finished in 3:42:51 — good for 3,651st among women — with a pace of 8:30 per mile. Carnahan was 2,679th among women ages 18-39 and 11,485th overall.
“I would never have run outside today. We were all joking about that. This would be a treadmill run if we were at home,” Adams said. “In all the years of the Boston Marathon, this was the worst weather that they’ve ever experienced. That’s 122 years of the Boston Marathon.”
Jamestown native Barb Crowley — who late last week told The Post-Journal she was running the race in memory of her good friend Rosie Billquist, who died tragically in Sherman late last year — finished in 4:51:31, which was good for 9,763rd among women. Crowley was 244th among women ages 60-64 and was 22,318th overall with a pace of 11:07 per mile.
Jennifer Donato of Fredonia finished in 5:02:28 — good for 10,149th among women — with a pace of 11:33 per mile. Donato’s time was good for 1,581st among women ages 40-44 and 23,093rd overall.
Adams said she had run during a snowstorm in Syracuse and another rainy Boston Marathon, but nothing like Monday.
“This was by far the worst marathon weather,” Adams said.
And while the weather forced some of the most dedicated marathon runners to drop out or end the race early, Adams was surprised the crowd remained enthusiastic.
“It was definitely not as big, but I was actually surprised. I love running, but a day like (Monday) I would not have been out there,” Adams said. “The Bostonians were out there. … There were not the same numbers, but when you got close to the end or Heartbreak Hill — where you really needed the crowds — they were there.”