Powers improves her time at Boston
Genoa resident Colleen Powers only seems to get faster at the Boston Marathon.
Powers, 30, completed the 26.2-mile distance Monday in a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 40 seconds at the 118th Boston Marathon. She finished 6,375th overall and as the 896th woman in the field of more than 32,000 participants on a cool and sunny day.
Powers was nearly six minutes faster than last year, when she finished the race before two bombs were detonated near the finish line.
This time, she ran progressively faster from start to finish — 47:51 for the opening 10K, 47:34 for the second, 47:28 for the third and 46:35 for the fourth (3:09:28 at 40K).
Another Douglas County resident to finish the race was Bridget Matos, 48, of Zephyr Cove, who ran 3:59:30. DeVere Karlson, 56, of Fallon ran 3:59:15 in her sixth Boston Marathon.
“I haven’t run sub-four hours in several years, so it was a very good day,” Karlson said. “I trained hard for this because that was the goal I had in my mind, and I got the results I wanted.”
The 2013 bombing created special attention to the Boston Marathon and added to an atmosphere that is always special anyway.
“It was incredible,” Karlson said. “At the midway point near Wellesley (College), from there on you had wall-to-wall people along the course. It was so loud, I couldn’t hear the music on my iPhone … I finally had to take it off.”
Joe Thornburg of Carson City ran 2:54:13 to finish 1,382nd overall. Kirsten Sherve of Carson City also finished in 3:43:39.