On April 19, a handful of Midcoast residents took to the pavement in an event that draws long-distance runners from all over the world, namely the fabled Boston Marathon.

Runners from Knox and Waldo counties were among 206 Mainers registered to compete in the event, which tests the months of training and physical and mental fortitude of those who participate.

The event usually draws about 25,000 runners from around the world. This year, 28,000 were registered. The course stretches from Hopkinton Center to Boylston Street in Boston.

The results for the Midcoast runners were:

Amanda Labelle, 26, Rockland, 3:09:48. She finished 2,625th overall, 205th among women and 170th in her age division.

Geoffrey James, 43, Rockport, 3:34:01. He finished 8,246th overall, 6,476th among men and 1,278th in his age division.

Lawrence Salvador, 34, Belfast, 3:43:04. He finished 10,931st overall, 7,832nd among men and 3,288th in his age division.

Melissa Poulin, 26, Union, 3:48:07. She finished 12,365th overall, 3,840th among women and 2,604th in her age division.

Bonnie Gallagher, 46, Camden, 3:54:02. She finished 13,957th overall, 4,751st among women and 562nd in her age division.

“The best part about running the marathon,” said Gallagher, “is seeing my family by the Fire Barn in Newton. My husband always wears the same bright red Hawaiian shirt. That shirt stands out in the crowd.”

Gallagher said that this was her 10th marathon, including the year she ran the Boston event as a bandit, or unregistered. “The conditions couldn’t have been better. It was beautiful,” she said.

She said she was able to meet some of her fellow running friends this year. “Every year you learn something different,” Gallagher said. Gallagher has also qualified for next year’s Boston Marathon.

C. Douglas Johnstone, 61, Camden, 3:55:00. He finished 14,233rd overall, 9,341st among men and 205th in his age division.

“It was a perfect day weather-wise,” Johnstone said about his second Boston Marathon. “It couldn’t have been a better day for running.” He also said that the race was “a very organized event; I couldn’t have imagined a more organized marathon.”

Johnstone said his favorite part was being part of the running group as a whole.

“I think just being part of that event is very special,” he said. “It’s highly energizing to be a part of that and to have so many people who don’t even know you along the way supporting you and encouraging you to continue even when it is difficult to do so.”

Pamela Wallace, 47, Rockland, 4:13:03. She finished 17,561st overall, 6,805th among women and 1077th in her age division.

Robyn Thibodeau, 45, Northport, 4:26:27. She finished 19,191st overall, 7,725th among women and 1,284th in her age division.

Art Warren, 75, Camden, 4:57:42. He finished 21,324th overall, 12,465th among men and seventh in his age division.

Due to a physical condition (sciatica) that cropped up about three weeks before the marathon, something that altered his ability to train the way he hoped and get the rest needed for the event, Warren said he did not finish close to the four hours he would have liked. However, he was happy to have completed the race. He had done the Boston Marathon once before about 15 years ago.

“I knew it was probably going to slow me down. In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to start the race when I went down there,” he said. “It became pretty evident that I was going to have a tough day early on. I just decided I’d just try and finish it and see what happens, and do the best I could.”

He said it was a wonderful event on an almost perfect day that was well organized with supportive crowds and racers. “Generally it’s an uplifting affair to see so many people coming from all over the country and the world to do this thing,” he said.

Warren said the bottom line for him was that he ran it and finished. “I’m happy. I did the best under the circumstances and that’s all that counts for me,” he said.

Ellen Spring, 57, Thomaston, 5:29:45. She finished 22,221st overall, 9,315th among women and 323rd in her age division.

Philip Roberts of Linconlville, Thomas Hedstrom of Camden and David Root of Hope all qualified for the marathon, but were not listed among the results.

Gallagher and Spring also ran the event last year.

Spring is a veteran of the Boston Marathon as this was her 16th straight and 18th overall. Among those who challenged the course for the first time were Wallace and Poulin.

Warren is a longtime runner and has competed in marathons, half-marathons and triathlons in recent years. Gallagher also is a veteran marathoner, including running Boston many times.

Johnstone, who has run other marathons previously, competed in his first Boston event last year. He finished in 3:57:2 and was 248th in his age division, 9,903rd among men and 14,969th overall.

Spring finished in 5:06:19, including 275th in her age group, 8,833rd among women and 21.947th overall.

Gallagher raced in Boston last year and this year was her fourth time officially competing in Boston since 2005 (she also ran one year as a “bandit” and was not registered). Last year, she finished in 3:47:20 (her fastest time in Boston), including 12,377th overall, 3,639th among women and 321st in her age division.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages the American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

To qualify to run the Boston Marathon, entrants must run a qualifying time at a certified marathon. Qualifying times are determined by a runner’s age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which they will be participating.

The 2010 qualifying standards were:

Ages 18-34 — Men (3 hours, 10 minutes), women (3 hours, 40 minutes).

Ages 35-39 — Men (3 hours, 15 minutes), women (3 hours, 45 minutes).

Ages 40-44 — Men (3 hours, 20 minutes), women (3 hours, 50 minutes).

Ages 45-49 — Men (3 hours, 30 minutes), women (4 hours).

Ages 50-54 — Men (3 hours, 35 minutes), women (4 hours, 5 minutes).

Ages 55-59 — Men (3 hours, 45 minutes), women (4 hours, 15 minutes).

Ages 60-64 — Men (4 hours), women (4 hours, 30 minutes).

Ages 65-69 — Men (4 hours, 15 minutes), women (4 hours, 45 minutes).

Ages 70-74 — Men (4 hours, 30 minutes), women (5 hours).

Ages 75-79 — Men (4 hours, 45 minutes), women (5 hours, 15 minutes).

80 and older — Men (5 hours), women (5 hours, 30 minutes).

Additional comments from local runners will be added to this story when they become available.

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