Indialantic’s Alison Nolan posted the best time for a Brevard County resident in Monday’s Boston Marathon and the 15th-best time among 611 Floridians who finished.
Nolan, 27, mastered the legendary course in 2 hours, 53 minutes and four seconds, good for 41st in her age group and 45th among all women.
She was the 769th finisher overall among 26,411.
Here is Nolan’s race recap in her own words:
“I actually enjoyed the marathon this year. I was planning on going for a sub 2:50, besting my time in 2015. My seed time of 3:03 put me in the sixth corral, so I had about 5,000 runners ahead of me at the start.
“The first mile I was getting frustrated weaving through slower runners trying to make up time. My dad has run Boston 28 consecutive times, and on the way to the start he commented: ‘I think I spent too many years concerned about splits and didn’t let myself enjoy the race.’ He has run 2:28 here, so he used to be pretty quick. But, I decided at the second mile to stop harnessing on my watch and just take in the sights and sounds.
“It paid off! I continually just worked on passing people. Ran into a fellow Brevard runner at mile 3, Jonathan Howse. Later saw my fiancée Todd Sukolsky and my mom at mile 19.5, stopped and chatted for 35 seconds (yes, I did get a split on my chat break) and then continued trucking along. Focused on doing the hammer a bit that last 10K.
“It certainly helped training in Florida. I do a lot of my long runs midday. It wasn’t a real training strategy. I just really don’t like waking up early. There was talk about warmer than normal conditions but I was comfortable the whole time. We also had a good tailwind to propel us to the finish.
“Support from fellow runners here in Brevard is incredible. By the time I got back to my hotel room I already had texts and messages congratulating me on the run. Many of them tracked me the whole day. That kind of community helps you get through tough workouts and push you to be a better runner.
“Next marathon is New York City in November. There is quite a crew running from Brevard so it will be a fun weekend. Big goals for the upcoming years are breaking 2:45 and qualifying for the Olympic Trials.”
Other Brevard County finishers were: Joseph Dreher, 36, Melbourne, 3:03:52; Jonathan Howse, 41, West Melbourne, 3:05:16; Tory Johansen, 26, Palm Bay, 3:19:26; Julie Hannah, 43, Melbourne, 3:23:31; Cody Bradley, 55, Melbourne, 3:26:20; Stephen Bernstein, 52, West Melbourne, 3:37:15; John Ouweleen, 76, Sebastian, 3:49:08 (4th in his age group); Ralph Miller, 60, Melbourne; 3:54:16; Angela Wells, 51, Merritt Island, 3:55:14; Matt Mahoney, 61, Melbourne, 3:58:21; Betsy Butler, 48, Indian Harbour Beach, 4:10:13; Joe Hultgren 57, Melbourne, 4:28:33; Cheng Ten, 45, Viera, 4:31:37; Beverely Dogoda, 53, Rockledge, 4:31:45; Angie Preston, 50, Merritt Island, 4:58:15; Anne Fears, 41, Melbourne Beach, 5:52:54; Nancy Higgs, 67, Melbourne Beach, 5:57:50; Christine Hetzel, 36, Melbourne, 6:03:35.