Sarah Bourne and Patrick Moulton Notch Wins at Providence Marathon; Updates On the Oval

16 MAY 2012
Sarah Bourne and Patrick Moulton Notch Wins at Providence Marathon; Updates On the Oval
After coming off of her slowest marathon to date at the 2011 Cape Cod Marathon, run in the October Nor'easter, Sarah Bourne was determined to run a better race this spring. When her work schedule prevented her from racing at Boston, Bourne entered the Cox Providence Marathon. The close proximity of the race to Boston allowed her to train with her teammates as they prepared for Boston. Her decision and her training paid off this past Sunday, May 6th when Bourne ran a 10 minute personal best to win the race in 2:53:43. Her time was the second fastest in race history, just 19 seconds off of the course record set by the B.A.A.'s Emily Kroshus in 2011. A Harvard alum who has been back in Boston working at Mass General, Bourne is hoping to get in a shorter race or two before she moves back to Nashville, TN where she is in medical school.

Patrick Moulton definitely had the home course advantage for the race. A former Providence College harrier, Moulton lives less than a mile from the starting line. Unlike Bourne, Moulton did not have a specific time goal, but instead knew there was a competitive field running and he wanted to be in the mix. Running in third place for most of the race, he moved up to second at 30k and set his sights on the leader. He took the lead at mile 25 and hung on for a 10-second victory in 2:28:25.

Visit the Event Website for complete results of the Cox Providence Marathon.

On the Oval:

The outdoor track season is underway and several B.A.A. runners are off to a fast start. Coming off of an indoor PR in the 800m this winter, Brian Hill quickly posted an impressive time out west. Running 1:47.65 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 21, he followed that up with a 1:48.12 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on April 29th, achieving the Olympic Trials "B" standard in both races. Jeannette Faber also competed, running 33:55 in the 10,000m. Faber also has an Olympic Trials "B" mark of 33:22 from the 2011 Payton Jordan race.

On Saturday, May 12, the New Balance Boston Twilight Series kicked off at Bentley College and the B.A.A. was well-represented in the men's 1500m. Tim Ritchie finished in the runner up spot with a 3:44.25. He was followed by Brian Harvey in 5th (3:45.59), David Chorney in 9th (3:48.46), and Eric Ashe in 10th (3:49.15). Melissa Nash was second in the women's 5,000 meters in 17:14.95.

Visit the Event Website for complete results.

USATF 25k Championship:

Jeannette Faber has also been htting the roads, returning to the USATF 25k Championships in Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, May 12th. Faber was 7th in 1:27:26 in a competitive race that saw the winner, 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon Champion Janet Bawcom, set a new U.S. Record of 1:24:36.

Visit the Event Website for complete results.

B.A.A. Moment 5

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.