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Dickinson man finishes the Boston Marathon through rain, cold

It was a cold and rainy day as Brent Hardy ran through the streets of Boston on Monday, but despite the dreary weather he finished the race with a fun story to tell.

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Brent Hardy finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes, 35 seconds on Monday, April 16. Submitted photo

It was a cold and rainy day as Brent Hardy ran through the streets of Boston on Monday, but despite the dreary weather he finished the race with a fun story to tell.

Hardy, a Dickinson resident, finished the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 35 seconds, but he had to run through rain and temperatures in the mid-30s.

"It was a challenging day," he said. "I think it was the coldest (race day) in 30 years, they were reporting."

Hardy said that the wind was also not a friend to runners.

The course runs through more than 26 miles of winding roads and city streets into the center of Boston, where the official finish line is located at Copley Square. The race runs through eight Massachusetts cities and towns, starting in Hopkinton and ending in Boston.

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The Boston Marathon is considered to be an especially difficult course because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill. Heartbreak Hill is a hill located between the 20- and 21-mile marks, near Boston College. It is the last of the four "Newton hills" which begin around the 16-mile mark and challenge runners with late climbs.

"That's kind of challenging," Hardy said of Heartbreak Hill. "It's a little bit past the 20-mile mark in the race when running gets kind of tough on a flat course, but there you have to run up this hill."

One of Hardy's favorite parts of the Boston Marathon is the Scream Tunnel, which happens just before the halfway point of the race, when runners pass by students at Wellesley College.

"The girls are always carrying signs and they're screaming and cheering, so that's always an interesting spot," he said.

Hardy said the last mile coming down Boylston Street at the end of the race is also fun.

"During that last mile you kind of forget about the first 25 (miles) and you run past Fenway Park and there's the Citgo sign right around the one mile to go point and you're running through downtown Boston," he said.

Hardy started running marathons because he wanted to be able to say he had run one, but has continued to run them. Hardy has been running marathons for several years now and has competed in 11 of the 26.2 mile races.

Preparing for a marathon takes a lot of time and dedication, Hardy said.

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"You kind of have to plan it out about four months in advance and you work on building up your mileage every week," he said. "I usually do one or two (marathons) a year, it's kind of a spring/fall kind of thing."

This was his second Boston Marathon, after competing last year where clocked a time of 2:51:52.

Having the experience of running the course previously was beneficial because it can be so technical, Hardy said. He added that the weather was much nicer last year, with temperatures in 70s and sunny.

"With the weather and all of that, it wasn't what I was expecting when I signed up," Hardy said with a chuckle.

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