BOSTON, Mass. — For the first time in two and a half years, the world’s most historic footrace returned to Beantown.

The 125th running of the Boston Marathon took place on Monday, Oct. 11, with roughly 20,000 runners — including three from the Midcoast — who took part in the storied event.

It was the first time in race history it took place in the fall and first time at all since 2019. The race was canceled in 2020 in favor of a virtual run due to COVID-19 and this year’s race was pushed from its traditional April date to September for the same reason.

The 26.2-mile event, which typically brings in about 30,000 racers worldwide, was paired down in size by 36 percent, one of several event changes, according to Boston.com.

The Athletes’ Village in Hopkinton, Mass. was eliminated and the race featured a rolling start for the first time in race history to help ensure social distancing. There were six groups in the rolling start schedule, which went from 9 to 11:24 a.m.

A negative COVID-19 test was also required from 72 hours prior and one’s negative test bracelet was to be worn throughout the race weekend.

Of the roughly 20,000 participants, three were from the Midcoast, including 68-year-old Ellen Spring of Thomaston, 50-year-old Katherine Collins of Winterport and 28-year-old Christine Davis of Brooks.

For Spring, it was to be her 25th year participating in the event. She had participated for 24 straight years before taking a year off in 2019 due to heel spurs. Thus, this will be her first time participating since 2018.

For Collins, this was her fourth time running the marathon. She was registered for the 2020 race before it went to a virtual format.

Davis finished in three hours, 29 minutes and 29 seconds. Davis finished 5,293rd overall, 1,538th among her gender and 1,040th in her age division.

Collins finished with a time of four hours, seven minutes, 26 seconds. Collins finished 10,387th overall, 4,535th among her gender and 486th in her age division.

Spring finished with a time of eight hours, nine minutes, 26 seconds. Spring’s placing for overall, among her gender and age division were unavailable.

Benson Kipruto of Kenya was the top overall finisher, clocking in with a time of two hours, nine minutes and 51 seconds, while Diana Chemtai Kipyogei, also of Kenya, was the top women’s finisher with a time of two hours, 24 minutes and 45 seconds.

Most who participate in the Boston Marathon had to reach a qualifying standard for their age and gender in the calendar year leading up to the event. However, others can participate through alternative means, such as with charity groups, for example.

Others may qualify for Boston but choose not to participate or simply could not register for the race. So the locals listed above are only the ones listed to have registered to participate this year, but that does not mean that they will or that there are not others in the event with area connections.

The Boston Red Sox also closed out the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 at Fenway Park later that night in the fourth game of the American League Divisional Series (ALDS).

Under normal circumstances, the Red Sox play on the same day as the Boston Marathon, which typically is held on Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, on the third Monday in April. Those games normally begin at 11 a.m. to coincide with that traditional race.

The Red Sox will play the Chicago White Sox or the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

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