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Spectators cheer near the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston.
Stan Chaisson found motivation Monday in the large crowds lining the streets from the start to the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The 31-year-old Winsloe resident was the fastest Islander to complete the marathon a year after a bombing killed three and injured 264 more.
“Today, there were places where I was definitely pulled along by the fans cheering,” Chaisson told The Guardian Monday night.
“The city itself coming together and inspiring all the runners I think was pretty incredible.”
In some place the crowd’s enthusiasm was deafening, he added.
“I got goose bumps going through a lot of the different towns.”
Chaisson completed the course in 2:38:40, six minutes quicker than his time last year — his first Boston Marathon. He was three blocks away having a bite to eat in a busy restaurant when the explosion went off.
“Right away I wanted to come back,” he said.
Chaisson said the running community is strong and is there to support one another.
“We stick together,” he said. “You can’t really knock us down. . . You can’t stop us from doing what we love to do.”
Chaisson said he trained hard throughout the winter, particularly to prepare for the rolling hills of Boston. While the hills are not particularly steep, the timing makes it challenging, he said.
There were results posted on the marathon’s website for about two dozen Islanders as of late Monday night. Chaisson said being there with the Island running community was fun. “It makes you feel really comfortable because you’re seeing familiar faces all weekend,” he said. “It just adds to the excitement.”
Chaisson was part of a tour bus of 48 Maritimers travelling to the event.
“I did it last year. I did it this year and I’ll do it for probably years in the future."