BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jamestown native Matt Levesque beat his goal time by two and a half minutes during his first marathon in Boston this year.
News 4 caught up with Levesque and Ontario native Harry Kemperman at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport late Monday night. Both men joined the nearly 36,000 runners in the 118th Boston Marathon, one year after the finish-line bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 others.
Both runners said it was a once in a lifetime experience. Kemperman said security was tight but it didn’t take away from the electric atmosphere.
Levesque said, “It was just overwhelming. Just the magnitude of the people and the crowds and supporters. It was breathtaking to say the least, just incredible.”
This was Kemperman’s 11th marathon. He ran in two Boston Marathons, but didn’t run last year.
“It was definitely on another level. Noticeably more people and louder. The weather was just incredible, it was pretty special,” said Kemperman.
For the first time in 31 years an American won the men’s elite portion of the 26.2 mile race and a woman from Kenya won the women’s.