Kirkland’s Shaun Frandsen slogged through the brutal weather to place 49th in the men’s division at Monday’s Boston Marathon.
The 40-year-old Spokane native’s time of 2:34.56 put him in second place in the masters division.
Frandsen, who was listed as the only elite runner from Washington, won the Seattle Marathon in 2014 with a time of 2:34.21. His personal-best marathon time is 2:28.47, which he notched in the 2017 California International Marathon, where he placed third in masters.
Frandsen is a member of the Club Northwest running organization.
A message on the club’s Facebook page reads:
“So, let’s chat Club Northwest’s Shaun Frandsen for a moment, shall we? He ran a stellar 2:34.56 marathon despite today’s wretched weather. His effort in Boston was 5 minutes off his PB and still resulted in 2nd place masters, behind Abdi (a 4 time Olympian)! Shaun, a HUGE congrats on a strong race and podium finish. Honored to call you a teammate. Go, Orange!”
“Due to the weather conditions, I had to lower my expectations about finishing time, but I came to race in the masters division and I couldn’t have had a better result,” said Frandsen, who ran in his first Boston Marathon on Monday. “I knew I wasn’t going to be able to beat Abdi, but I knew spots 2-5 were wide open.”
He added that competing in the Boston Marathon was a magical experience because the whole city came together to support the runners.
Frandsen felt good heading into the race because he trained hard despite some injuries he had to overcome. Although the weather was bleak, he took a positive outlook onto the course.
“I knew it was going to make for a great story. I felt half asleep at the start line and didn’t fully wake until the shock of the weather hit me in the first few minutes of being out there. I kept thinking about all the people who were there earlier and had to brave the conditions longer than I did. Those were the true warriors of the day,” he said.
Also running in the Boston Marathon from Kirkland (listed with their ages) were:
Kevin Connolly, 45; Jordan Andersen, 34; John Kim, 38; Ben Brauer, 47; Paul Wilde, 51; Cate Jones, 35; Binyam Kebede, 37; Helle Vu, 55; Laird Malamed, 50; Michael Stevens, 40; Yingwei Liu, 48; Laurie Ponti, 50; Kris Solem, 54; and Kris Weber, 24.