Boston Marathon Voices

Caitie Meyers (She came in first for females in the Albany area-2:56:00)

 The Boston Marathon is an event I look forward to every year, and I am really grateful that I was able to run it for the eleventh time this spring. I grew up outside of Boston so Patriot’s Day was a school holiday, and my family would go to watch the marathon; as I was getting into running, watching the marathon was inspiring and I knew I would want to do it one day. I ran Boston for the first time as a junior in high school in 2009, with very little training (my longest run was 16 miles) as part of a program that raised money for my high school. Running that year and experiencing the course as a participant sparked a love for running. That fall I decided to stop playing soccer in favor of cross country, and I ran the marathon again the next spring (this time with much more adequate preparation). I walked onto my college’s cross country and track teams the next year, so I skipped a few years of Boston but ran again in 2014 and every year since (if you count the virtual 2020 version). While I have run a few other marathons, Boston remains my favorite and I hope to continue to do it every year I am able.

Running Boston this spring was particularly meaningful for me. I participated this fall, which was a great event especially after the 1.5 years of mostly virtual racing, but the return in full force this spring was something I have been looking forward to since the 2020 cancellation. Running on the 50th anniversary of women being allowed to participate was also significant for me; I have played sports at a variety of different levels throughout my whole life, and athletics – particularly running – have played a significant role in shaping who I am today. I am grateful for the women who stepped forward 50 years ago despite backlash to participate and pave the way for future generations. Lastly, I am in my third year of medical school at Albany Med. We spend our third year rotating through all the main specialties and working alongside the resident and attending physicians in the hospital. Getting onto the floors and interacting with patients has been incredibly rewarding, but the long hours in the hospital with long hours of studying at night have made training more challenging than it has been in the past requiring more runs after work or early mornings on the treadmill. I have really appreciated engaging with the local running community here in Albany, and my Willow Street Athletic Club teammates as well as the ARE have provided training partners and motivation that helped keep me motivated through an often cold and dark winter.

Boston this year was a spectacular day. I wasn’t sure if I had the fitness to set a PR but when I saw a near perfect forecast (something I don’t think I have ever experienced in all my years of doing Boston), I decided I should go for it. While I fell a little short of that goal, I was very happy to run under three hours and most importantly enjoyed the race - especially seeing Albany running friends and teammates on the bus, in the Athlete’s Village, and on the course. I’m already looking forward to 2023!


Megan James

Boston was amazing. It was possibly the most fun I have ever had in a race. As always, the crowds emanated so much positive energy. Having the thoughts and energy of the 50th anniversary of women in the race, and my friend & high school teammate Samantha Roecker running in scrubs for a world record really helped to propel my Boston experience to another level. I ran 3:26:00, a course PR by 4:59 — I ran smart and fairly conservative, and never hit “the wall.” -2:256My husband rode his bike along the course, so I saw him several times; my parents and daughter tried to see me in 2 spots but we just missed each other. There were many other friends and strangers out there with me that day, both physically and in spirit. I can honestly say that I loved every single minute of it.


Alejandro Gauna

The 2022 Boston Marathon may have been my 22nd marathon, but it felt unique for many different reasons. It was the first marathon I've run since the pandemic. I was excited for a return to Patriots Day, and it didn't disappoint. I arrived Sunday afternoon anxious for another great marathon experience, feeling that my training had gone smoothly and I was well-prepared for race day. That being said the majority of my runs had been in below freezing temperatures, and you never know what kind of weather that you will get at Boston in April. Although the wind whipped and the hail pelted us as we walked back from the Expo Sunday afternoon, race day weather was sunny and near perfect. Maybe even too sunny as I got a sunburn – at least on one side of me.

On Marathon Day, all of the gear drops and buses were well organized, and athlete’s village had the normal buzz in anticipation of the start. As I crossed the start line, I set myself at a comfortable race pace, and was able to stick with it for the entire course. This was my third time running Boston, and with a finish time of 2:47 it was my fastest, which I count as a success. Feeling happy with the experience, I signed up for another marathon the following day (Mohawk-Hudson in the Fall). I am already looking forward to more races and running with people again in this post-pandemic world.  


Jeremy McNamara

Baby.jpgI had a really good training block and was hoping to get a PR at Boston, but as often happens at Boston, the weather was not cooperative. It certainly was a better experience than the 40 degree pouring rain windstorm of 2018, and the crowd support was fantastic but overall I left Boston disappointed.

Normally the hardest part is holding back on the early downhills, but I nailed it this time around. The hardest part mentally for me was cresting Heartbreak Hill and realizing that the headwind made the downhill feel like more uphill. I made it about 3 more miles before I broke. (Picture on right is of Jeremy's son Finn cheering dad on.)


Jessica Northan

Boston marathon #9 (8 on the real deal course — 2020 virtual). Such a unique experience every time. This round, it became evident I would be around 4 hours. The question repeatedly popped into my head: do I care about breaking 4 or can I just let up and take it a bit easier? I reasoned that I did not really care about breaking 4 (I have much better times here), but I did care about doing my best. Sometimes I run what I call casual marathons, but this was not intended to be one. So, every time that question came (and it was a lot), I put the pedal to the metal again. This race was a mental victory as much as a physical one.

Special thanks to Brian Northan for listening to my endless “should I this or should I that” options throughout training. Those questions were endless, too


Joe Sullivan

I'm still on cloud 9 from last Monday. This was my 8th run at Boston. There have been highs and lows throughout the years. Boston has been the scene of my slowest marathon and my fastest. I ran Boston the year of the bombing and know just how much it affected people's lives. I was able to run the marathon the following year and witness Boston's grit and strength as well as Meb winning one for the city. This year was magical. I ran a 2:44 and far exceeded what I thought my body was capable of. There's a reason my wife Kelly and I go back every year. Boston will always be a special place for me because no matter the finishing time, the result is the same.


Jessica Chapman

Boston, by far my favorite marathon, is also one of the toughest courses I’ve run. Between the hills and the highly variable weather, it often gets the best of me, but that never stops me from enjoying the 26.2-mile party along the way. I’ve run Boston five times in some pretty tough conditions, including the freezing monsoon of 2018. This year was a breeze compared to that! On paper the weather for race day looked perfect. In reality, the blistering sun without a hint of clouds or shade took a lot out of me, and I have a painful sunburn to prove it. After running this race in October 2021 and April 2022, I hope to tackle a faster, easier course before hitting the streets of Boston again in 2023. Not only is the race a blast but Boston Marathon weekend has also become somewhat of a family tradition that my daughter and husband enjoy just as much as I do. I think I’ll be back as long as I have a qualifying time and a body that’s ready to run. Karen Bertasso—my amazing coach and overall awesome human—has been indispensable at helping me achieve both without consuming my life with training.


Emily Ann Boerger

Anticipation for the 2022 Boston Marathon was running high for me, and I am sure thousands of other runners after two years of COVID disruptions. My anxiety leading up to the race was alleviated by the weather forecast promising a perfect, crisp, sunny April morning, with a slight breeze in the air; perhaps a gift from the weather gods after a tumultuous two years.

As I arrived at the start, the athlete’s village was buzzing with energy as thousands of runners readied for the race in their own varied and unique ways, some even catching a quick nap before the start. I took in my surroundings and waited anxiously until my wave time was called. Eventually, we were herded towards the start line, with volunteers lining the path offering final words of encouragement and gathering up our unwanted layers for charity. The mile walk was an opportunity for small talk with strangers from all over the world as we nervously chatted about race goals and compared our choices in super shoes. Before we knew it, the gun went off, and we were on our way to the finish line. My biggest challenge over the first miles was maneuvering through the crowded start, but they passed quickly, with fresh legs and lots of downhill as promised. As the running pack finally began to thin out, the crowds seemed to be getting larger leading into the halfway point with the famous Wellesley scream tunnel. My legs still felt good at the half, and I surged on, still confident of the finish. All of the sudden the running felt hard, and I started losing mental focus as doubts crept into my race plan. A brief pause at a water stop got me refocused (as I also reminded myself I had just spent $300 on new shoes!), and as I reached the top of Heartbreak Hill I realized that hard feeling was the Newton Hills roaring their powers. I felt relief to be past the hills, and remembered my coach would be just two miles further on, giving my mind a focus to get to mile 23, knowing after that it would be easy with the finish so close.

Miles 22-25 were my favorites, as the streets were lined with people cheering loudly. The course got flatter and I was able to pick up speed again. Before I knew it, I was turning onto Comm Ave where I felt a different energy in the air with the finish so close. Having lived in Boston previously, I thought I knew how long Boylston Street was, but as I turned that last corner, I swear it had increased in length. As with any marathon, the last mile hurt quite a bit, but then just like that I was crossing the finish line. Two years of waiting and I was officially a Boston Marathon finisher!! After that, everything was a blur, taking in the finish, walking through the chute, reuniting with friends and family. It was exhilarating and gratifying to be done and know I had achieved my goal.


Lauren Scarupa

I ran 3:23:27 last year and am hoping to do better. Ran 3:18:19 so I achieved my goal. I had so much fun running Boston this year! The crowds were amazing, and you couldn’t ask for better conditions! Still I can’t walk down a flight of stairs 2 days post-race, but it was worth it.


Kelly Virkler

Well, Boston didn't go quite as planned! The sun was intense and my heart rate was probably 15-20 bpm higher than normal training right from the start. Nausea kicked in around mile 10 and I just had to suffer for 16 miles. Then 90+ minutes in the med tent for an IV and nausea meds.

I was still happy to get to experience the race again, and happy to stay under 4 hours to keep that streak alive! Thanks to my super support crew Dan Maychack , Sue Ellen Machuga , Tom Machuga , and everyone cheering from home.


Results of Local Area Runners at the 2022 Boston Marathon
Congratulations to All!

Place

Name

Age

Gender

City

State

Time

421

Thomas O’Grady

 

36 M

Slingerlands

NY

2:38:58

575

Jacob Kobrin

 

25 M

Albany

NY

2:41:35

832

Joseph Sullivan

 

43 M

Schenectady

NY

2:44:58

886

J Matthew Medeiros

 

36 M

Saranac

NY

2:45:32

1042

Peter Rowell

 

33 M

Albany

NY

2:47:16

1069

Michael O’Hara

 

39 M

Saugerties

NY

2:47:30

1089

Brian Glikes

 

32 M

Albany

NY

2:47:39

1092

Alejandro Gauna

 

39 M

Delmar

NY

2:47:41

1626

Joseph Iannazzone

 

30 M

Rosendale

NY

2:51:46

1828

Brandon Darrah

 

33 M

Cadyville

NY

2:53:11

2002

Matthew Blair

 

31 M

Troy

NY

2:54:08

2025

Daniel Lennox

 

42 M

Pawling

NY

2:54:16

2439

Dan Brownstein

 

25 M

Ticonderoga

NY

2:56:39

2507

James Mccowan

 

44 M

Gardiner

NY

2:56:59

2519

Christopher Angier

 

41 M

Ballston Spa

NY

2:57:01

2726

Thomas Kelly

 

20 M

Clifton Park

NY

2:57:54

2786

Steve Booker

 

25 M

Delmar

NY

2:58:07

2954

Matt Debole

 

37 M

Loudonville

NY

2:58:46

3156

Jonathan Louden

 

37 M

Clifton Park

NY

2:59:31

3348

Bob Radliff

 

57 M

Stillwater

NY

3:00:21

3427

Michael Ventimiglia

 

27 M

Queensbury

NY

3:00:46

3531

Patric Brew

 

53 M

Kinderhook

NY

3:01:21

3540

James Gann

 

51 M

Narrowsburg

NY

3:01:23

3605

Brian Wilson

 

39 M

Dannemora

NY

3:01:44

3987

Derek Grout

 

49 M

Valatie

NY

3:03:47

4021

Ben Heller

 

33 M

Troy

NY

3:03:59

4095

Jeremy Mcnamara

 

43 M

Albany

NY

3:04:26

4255

Glenn Kasin

 

52 M

Saratoga Springs

NY

3:05:20

4258

Andrew Lavin

 

43 M

Wilmington

NY

3:05:21

4406

Emily Boerger

 

27 F

Albany

NY

3:06:05

4530

Bradley Lewis

 

35 M

Troy

NY

3:06:42

5058

Colin Crowley

 

44 M

Ballston Spa

NY

3:09:12

5101

Cj Minchoff

 

38 M

Plattsburgh

NY

3:09:21

5174

Jake Stookey

 

46 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:09:39

5192

Owen Harvey

 

47 M

Kingston

NY

3:09:43

5372

Wei Ma

 

44 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:10:34

5556

Joshua Farrell

 

46 M

Albany

NY

3:11:25

5579

Keith Benoit

 

58 M

Plattsburgh

NY

3:11:31

5655

Christie Macfarlane

 

27 F

Delmar

NY

3:11:54

6230

Katherine Guilbo

 

25 F

Rensselaer

NY

3:14:22

6247

Allan Co

 

39 M

Salt Point

NY

3:14:27

6549

David Troischt

 

55 M

Mechanicville

NY

3:15:35

6759

Sin Ty

 

38 M

Newburgh

NY

3:16:24

6942

Michele Palmer

 

40 F

Ulster Park

NY

3:17:06

7216

Kyle Mahoney

 

40 M

Ballston Lake

NY

3:18:08

7225

Kimberly Milton

 

40 F

Clifton Park

NY

3:18:11

 

7228

Travis Larche

39 M

Plattsburgh

NY

3:18:11

 

7261

Lauren Scarupa

30 F

Albany

NY

3:18:19

 

7311

Daniel Moran

58 M

Chelsea

NY

3:18:28

 

7317

Stacie Minchoff

38 F

Plattsburgh

NY

3:18:30

 

7366

Gillian Ratay

29 F

Lake Placid

NY

3:18:41

 

7716

Shannon Surdyk

30 F

Saranac Lake

NY

3:19:55

 

7723

Zhaolin Cheng

47 M

Albany

NY

3:19:57

 

7735

Emily Taft

31 F

Albany

NY

3:20:00

 

7972

Haley Mooney

26 F

Hudson Falls

NY

3:20:50

 

8461

Michael Dinicola

47 M

Ballston Spa

NY

3:22:43

 

8569

Tara Travis

25 F

Clifton Park

NY

3:23:09

 

8739

Greg Saint John

38 M

Latham

NY

3:23:51

 

8778

Leonard Leonidas

49 M

Castleton On Hudson

NY

3:23:56

 

8848

Meghan Louden

36 F

Clifton Park

NY

3:24:11

 

8960

Michelle Lavigne

47 F

Albany

NY

3:24:36

 

9062

Elizabeth Chauhan

37 F

Albany

NY

3:25:00

 

9274

Alison Heaphy

55 F

Troy

NY

3:25:51

 

9322

Megan James

32 F

Charlton

NY

3:26:00

 

9457

Andrea Vandecar

42 F

Cohoes

NY

3:26:29

 

9509

Dina St. Claire

53 F

Whitehall

NY

3:26:40

 

9784

Christina Olgin

29 F

Schenectady

NY

3:27:42

 

9999

Rudean Reynolds

61 M

Troy

NY

3:28:24

 

10030

Talara Hedgpeth

38 F

Greenfield Center

NY

3:28:32

 

10115

Keith Donegan

39 M

Saratoga Springs

NY

3:28:47

 

10262

Christopher Scoville

42 M

Kinderhook

NY

3:29:16

 

10461

Denise Iannizzotto

59 F

Lake Katrine

NY

3:29:53

 

10759

Steven Tinkler

56 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:30:59

 

10814

Anthony Ferreri

59 M

Hyde Park

NY

3:31:12

 

11174

Brian Coyne

59 M

Albany

NY

3:32:43

 

11231

Stuart Palczak

57 M

Amsterdam

NY

3:32:57

 

11321

Yanping Shen

43 F

Saratoga Springs

NY

3:33:19

 

11925

Jessica Cordes

42 F

Morrisonville

NY

3:35:31

 

12270

Kate Forbush

41 F

Slingerlands

NY

3:37:04

 

12874

Sara Billings

25 F

Glenville

NY

3:39:23

 

12951

Brett Harris

37 F

Albany

NY

3:39:38

 

12994

Michelle Eckler

28 F

Troy

NY

3:39:48

 

13051

Paul Moore

57 M

Glenville

NY

3:40:01

 

13212

Renee Wing

42 F

Troy

NY

3:40:41

 

13256

Fiona Recchia

29 F

Saratoga Springs

NY

3:40:53

 

13294

Veronica Armbruster

56 F

Selkirk

NY

3:41:05

 

13504

Terry Scribner

51 M

Amsterdam

NY

3:41:58

 

13558

Leigh O?connor

40 F

Cohoes

NY

3:42:10

 

13825

Brian Sadonis

35 M

Troy

NY

3:43:14

 

13849

Bill Hoffman

55 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:43:22

 

13852

Shayna Russo

43 F

Poughkeepsie

NY

3:43:23

 

14048

Christine Stanavich

51 F

Amsterdam

NY

3:44:10

 

14049

Meghan Mortensen

36 F

Glenville

NY

3:44:10

 

14098

Lauren Hamilton

57 F

Schenectady

NY

3:44:22

 

14099

Cassie Baillargeon

40 F

Keene

NY

3:44:22

 

14256

Lauren Zielinski

30 F

Albany

NY

3:44:58

 

14522

Philip Spiezio

57 M

Greenwich

NY

3:45:54

 

14607

Woody Clark

61 M

Charlton

NY

3:46:15

 

14687

Paul Nelson

51 M

Albany

NY

3:46:37

 

15436

Chris Duwe

58 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:49:50

 

15764

Kristina Watrobski

23 F

Clifton Park

NY

3:51:32

 

15778

Kyle Smith

45 M

Westport

NY

3:51:36

 

15913

Eliza O’Connor

29 F

Albany

NY

3:52:10

 

15958

George Weld

50 M

Rhinebeck

NY

3:52:24

 

16214

Christine Clayton

63 F

Pine Plains

NY

3:53:36

 

16246

Michael Ferinden

65 M

Leeds

NY

3:53:49

 

16339

Rob Whittaker

49 M

Northville

NY

3:54:13

 

16390

Jessica Bizzarro

37 F

Gansevoort

NY

3:54:27

 

16469

Julia Black

39 F

Hudson

NY

3:54:51

 

16489

Nicholas Bennett

40 M

Hudson

NY

3:54:56

 

16556

Christine Piscitella

47 F

Newburgh

NY

3:55:18

 

16571

Richard Loud

57 M

Ballston Spa

NY

3:55:22

 

16592

Coraline Falco

44 F

Albany

NY

3:55:31

 

16633

Darci Whitney

54 F

Lake Placid

NY

3:55:44

 

16698

Erin Murphy

42 F

Albany

NY

3:56:09

 

16964

Annmarie Hinrichsen

48 F

Coxsackie

NY

3:57:30

 

17075

Sharon Caruso

55 F

Albany

NY

3:58:10

 

17093

Larissa Bates

40 F

West Sand Lake

NY

3:58:16

 

17148

Brendan Barry

47 M

Clifton Park

NY

3:58:34

 

17355

Jessica Northan

46 F

Guilderland

NY

3:59:46

 

17450

Jamie Stafford

40 F

Saratoga Springs

NY

4:00:22

 

17539

Michelle Azukas

56 F

Lagrangeville

NY

4:00:55

 

17708

Cailin Brennan

44 F

Guilderland

NY

4:02:02

 

17819

Trudy Boulia

49 F

Delanson

NY

4:03:01

 

18392

Richard Lynch

63 M

Saratoga Springs

NY

4:06:57

 

18461

Jim Allen

71 M

Millbrook

NY

4:07:31

 

18735

Becky Hill

37 F

Stormville

NY

4:09:34

 

19253

Danny Herdoiza Morales

57 F

Poughkeepsie

NY

4:13:34

 

19298

Julia Tuczynski

40 F

Gansevoort

NY

4:13:56

 

19398

Martha Degrazia

71 F

Slingerlands

NY

4:14:44

 

19455

Kent Rinehart

51 M

Red Hook

NY

4:15:08

 

19643

Amy Van Der Kar

46 F

Averill Park

NY

4:17:01

 

19786

Larry Clevenger

60 M

Saratoga Springs

NY

4:18:19

 

19787

Leigh Anne Clevenger

60 F

Saratoga Springs

NY

4:18:20

 

19812

Mary Buck

58 F

Mechanicville

NY

4:18:31

 

19914

Louis Recchia

62 M

Saratoga Springs

NY

4:19:25

 

20324

Charles Gassenheimer

48 M

Saugerties

NY

4:23:16

 

21476

Ali Caruso

22 F

Cohoes

NY

4:36:05

 

21519

Daniel Larson

70 M

Queensbury

NY

4:36:47

 

21626

Kelly Brandt

43 F

Woodstock

NY

4:38:00

 

21912

Mollie Burgett

38 F

West Fulton

NY

4:41:41

 

22414

Tj Sherwin

35 M

Albany

NY

4:49:25

 

22713

Brian Baker

60 M

Walden

NY

4:54:04

 

22837

Juliet Hoinkis

23 F

Fishkill

NY

4:56:49

 

22968

Manuel Perry

60 M

Rock Hill

NY

4:59:15

 

23531

Kim Law

64 F

East Greenbush

NY

5:12:17

 

23761

Todd Venetz

44 M

Wilton

NY

5:18:30

 

23900

Lindsay Marinelli

30 F

Highland

NY

5:23:01

 

24212

Jerry Abdelnour

65 M

Cohoes

NY

5:35:04

 

24408

Michelle Skinner

37 F

Troy

NY

5:45:45


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