Truro man pleased with performance in Boston Marathon

Matt Veno
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TRURO - It's quite a week for Chris Cashen and his family.
The 44-year-old janitor at St. Andrew's United Church in Truro completed the 113th Boston Marathon on Monday on the same week his parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple, who live in Ottawa, travelled to the city to watch their son marking the first time they had been to the city since their honeymoon.
Cashen finished 5,247th overall and crossed the line in 3:22:45.
"I'm really happy about it," Cashen said from Boston Tuesday. "It wasn't my best time but (the experience) was just amazing. It felt like a parade really."
Cashen finished with the best time of the three competitors at the event from Colchester County. Jody Mattie was 11,542th at 3:44:31 and Carolyn De Amicis was 15,136th at 3:57:56.
Halifax's Rodney MacIntosh, a former member of the Truro Bearcats senior hockey team, finished 2,116th overall in 3:06:23.
The world's largest marathon attracted 22,898 runners.
Although it was his first Boston Marathon, Cashen knew what to expect after reading several books about the event before leaving for the Massachusetts city.
"Everything was very detailed in the book and it happened fairly quickly," he said. "It's all a blur."
Cashen said he's proud to be able to say he completed the race, but said he'll remain humble about the accomplishment.
"I'm glad to say I did it," he said. "I'm proud of myself but I'm not going to wave it around in people's faces."
A day after the event, Cashen was feeling the effects the 40km run. He was out sightseeing but had to cut the journey short.
"My quads were just too tight," he said with a laugh.
Nonetheless, Cashen said he loved the experience and now that he's qualified for next year's event, wants to better his mark.
"I always thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime thing but I would like to come back," he said. "I would like to do better but I'm very happy with my time."

Organizations: United Church

Geographic location: Ottawa, Boston, Colchester County Massachusetts

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  • bmar
    January 18, 2010 - 10:00

    Congrats to all the competitors. Two things wrong with this article though: it is not the largest marathon in the world, and the distance is 42 km.