Wet weather can’t slow Eagle River woman’s Boston Marathon run

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 16:49
  • Runners in the first wave break from the start on rain soaked streets during the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday, April 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Eagle River’s Pam Dreyer completed a wetter Boston Marathon than most Monday, running the 26.2-mile course in a personal best 3 hours, 31 minutes and 18 seconds to place 2,012th in the women’s division.

“The 122nd Boston Marathon is a dream come true for this retired hockey player who loathed running any distance during my playing days,” Dreyer (@pkdreyer) wrote in an Instagram post after the race.

A 1999 Chugiak High graduate, the 36-year-old Dreyer is a former U.S. Olympic women’s hockey goalie who won a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

She wrote that the wet, rainy course was a challenge all racers have to overcome.

“My shoes and socks were drenched even before the race,” she wrote.

Still, Dreyer was undeterred, earning an automatic qualifying spot into next year’s race.

“Boston gave us harsh conditions, but today I was tougher,” Dreyer wrote.

Desiree Linden won the women’s division in 2:39:53 to become the first American winner in 33 years. Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi, 31, won the men’s race in 2:15:53.

For complete results, visit baa.org.

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