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Cassie Baillargeon, of Keene, crosses the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 18. (Photo provided)

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Keene resident Cassie Baillargeon completed her first Boston Marathon this past Monday.

She said it might be one of the most enjoyable marathons she had ever run.

“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Baillargeon said. “The crowds were incredible. It was a beautiful day. My knee didn’t hurt. My knee has been giving me issues for the last couple of years, so my training wasn’t really that optimal. I was going into it thinking I just want to run pain-free and not really go for time, but just go for the experience.”

Baillargeon, 40, finished the race in a time of 3 hours, 44 minutes, 22 seconds. Despite finishing the marathon in a sub-four-hour time, she said she did better than she thought she would, especially since she wasn’t able to use her global positioning system watch to track her pace.

“I don’t know what happened, my GPS watch would not sync,” Baillargeon said. “It wouldn’t update, and I wasn’t able to start logging my miles or anything like that, because it wouldn’t sync for whatever reason. By mile six, I was like ‘I guess it’s a sign that I’m running for feel.’”

Baillargeon said she went into the Boston Marathon with the goal of not worrying about her time, but rather the experience. While she normally wears a GPS watch in the races she competes in, she added that being without one made the experience a little more fun.

“I encourage other people to not run a marathon by time, but just by how they feel. That was the first time, I’d ever done that,” Baillargeon said. “When I ran in Chicago — that was the race that actually got me into Boston — I was constantly just looking at my pace. I guess it wasn’t as enjoyable. I was just constantly trying to get my time.”

Baillargeon got her first taste of running when she was in junior high at Saranac Central.

“I ran indoor and outdoor track and cross country, pretty much all the way through,” Baillargeon said. “I also ran in college. Running has always been near and dear to me, I’ve always loved it.”

Baillargeon wasn’t the only Saranac Central graduate to complete the marathon. Cadyville’s Brandon Darrah, who also graduated from the school, finished his third Boston Marathon with a personal record of 2:53:11.

“I was three seconds away from my overall PR. I had run my PR for the marathon in Erie Presque Isle in 2017 at 2:53.08,” Darrah said. “I beat my previous time for Boston by just about 10 minutes. I was running a phenomenal race the entire time.”

While Darrah, 33, said he was happy with his result, he was trying to get a time under 2:45 to qualify for the Berlin Marathon. He said he’s working on doing all six of the World Marathon Majors, which include Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York City and Tokyo. He added that he has completed the Boston and Chicago marathons and will compete in …….

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Cassie Baillargeon, of Keene, crosses the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 18. (Photo provided)

Keene resident Cassie Baillargeon completed her first Boston Marathon this past Monday.

She said it might be one of the most enjoyable marathons she had ever run.

“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Baillargeon said. “The crowds were incredible. It was a beautiful day. My knee didn’t hurt. My knee has been giving me issues for the last couple of years, so my training wasn’t really that optimal. I was going into it thinking I just want to run pain-free and not really go for t…….

Cassie Baillargeon, of Keene, crosses the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 18. (Photo provided)

Keene resident Cassie Baillargeon completed her first Boston Marathon this past Monday.

She said it might be one of the most enjoyable marathons she had ever run.

“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Baillargeon said. “The crowds were incredible. It was a beautiful day. My knee didn’t hurt. My knee has been giving me issues for the last couple of years, so my training wasn’t really that optimal. I was going into it thinking I just want to run pain-free and not really go for t…….

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