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P.E.I. runners, from left, Amber Spriggs, Jocelyn Peterson, Mike Peterson and Stan Chaisson stand wrapped to warm up and happy after running the Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston, Mass. Chaisson from Charlottetown was the top Islander finishing in two hours, 44 minutes and 12 seconds.
P.E.I. runners, from left, Amber Spriggs, Jocelyn Peterson, Mike Peterson and Stan Chaisson stand wrapped to warm up and happy after running the Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston, Mass. Chaisson from Charlottetown was the top Islander finishing in two hours, 44 minutes and 12 seconds. - Submitted

Islanders brave rain, wind and cold to run in 2018 Boston Marathon on Monday

ChARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Wet, cold and wet described the 2018 version of the Boston Marathon on Monday, but Islanders trudged through the rainy weather to decent results.

Chaisson from Charlottetown was the top Islander finishing in two hours, 44 minutes and 12 seconds, good for 250th overall, while Mike Peterson, also of Charlottetown, crossed the finish line in 3:02:44 (2,093rd overall).

On the women’s side, Charlottetown runners Leanne Vessey made it in 3:21:59 (4,867th overall). Amber Spriggs and Jocelyn Peterson crossed together at 3:21:52, good for 4,917th and 4,918th overall, respectively.

In the coldest Marathon in 30 years, hovering around 4 degrees Celsius, Desiree Linden became to first American woman to win the race in 33 years after competing the race in 2:39:54, and Yuki Kawauchi became the first Japanese man to win in 31 years, running a smart 2:15:58 in the nasty weather.

Canadian Krista Duchene placed third (2:44:20) in the women’s division behind Linden and American Sarah Sellers (2:44:04).

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya set the course of 2:03:02 in 2011, while Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia owns the women’s record of 2:19:59 laid down in 2014.

At The Finish Line

The P.E.I. contingent’s results at the Monday’s Boston Marathon.

Stan Chaisson, Charlottetown - 2:44:12, 250th overall, 249th men, 229th male 18-39 division.

Mike Peterson, Charlottetown - 3:02:44, 2,093rd overall, 1,992nd men, 105th male 45-49 division.

Leanne Vessey, Charlottetown - 3:21:59, 4,867th overall, 662nd women, 597th female 18-39 division.

Amber Spriggs, Charlottetown - 3:21:52, 4,917th overall, 684th women, 617th female 18-39 division.

Jocelyn Peterson, Charlottetown - 3:21:52, 4,918th overall, 685th women, 44th female 40-44 division.

Charlotte Gardiner, Summerside - 3:26:27, 5,485th overall, 876th women, 779th female 18-39 division.

Chris Matters, Charlottetown - 3:22:50, 5,904th overall, 4,881st men, 758th male division.

Lora Kemp, Montague - 3:33:47, 7,804th overall, 1,790th women, 73rd female 45-49 division.

Grace Dawson, Charlottetown - 3:40:11, 9,125th overall, 2,403rd women, 1,952nd female 18-39 division.

Blair McQuaid, Tracadie Cross - 3:51:10, 13,385th overall, 8,680th men, 671st male 55-59 division.

Shawn Shea, Stratford - 3:56:19, 14,465th overall, 9,135th men, 255th male 60-64 division.

Paul Dalton, St. Edward - 4:00:49, 15,021st overall, 9,377th men, 817th male 55-59 division.

Paul Burnley, Summerside - 3:57:14, 15,074th overall, 9,389th men, 823rd male 55-59 division.

John Bowser, Summerside - 4:02:55, 16,224th overall, 9,891st men, 928th male 55-59 division.

Natalie Chaisson, Montague - 4:18:56, 17,867th overall, 7,311th women, 1,016th female 45-49 division.

Beverley Walsh, Stratford - 4:29:55, 17,965th overall, 7,366th women, 251st female 55-59 division.

Pam Power McKenna, Charlottetown - n/a.

Scott Clark, Summerside - n/a.

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