Concord teenager, footballer is Boston Marathon’s youngest finisher
Goals set, goals achieved.
Tucker Winstanley has gone the distance and then some for his Boston Marathon run and fundraising efforts. The Concord native was also the youngest of nearly 25,000 finishers on April 18 for his first try at 26.2 miles.
And although he holds a school record on the track, his main sport, his “main passion”, is football.
The Noble and Greenough School junior finished the marathon in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 14 seconds, which put him ahead of nearly two-thirds of the field. His goal was 3:30.
He was one of 10 Concord finishers (see below) and each ran the race in less than four hours.
“It comes from football,” said Winstanley, who turned 18 three days before Patriots Day, “just having the stamina. It was an amazing experience. I couldn’t have done it without all the fans who lined the roadsides.
He described training for the marathon as “super tough” when mixed with the time he spent with his club team FC Stars.
“I would do my long runs and arrive at soccer practice super tired,” he said, “just to keep pushing.”
Winstanley also raised funds during the preparation for the Marathon for the Corey C. Griffin Foundation, which “partners with Boston’s most innovative nonprofit organizations focused on underprivileged youth as well as those with medical conditions”, according to its website.
Winstanley is part of Nobles’ Achieve Tutoring program, mentoring inner-city students on weekends. The Corey Griffin Foundation is donating money to Achieve and Winstanley wanted to return the favor.
It raised $17,080 from 65 donors. His original goal was $10,000.
The student with a 3.96 GPA (unweighted) aspires to play college football and holds the Nobles record on the 400-meter track. He traditionally watches the marathon from Heartbreak Hill.
“Coming in and watching it every year and seeing all the fans, it was something that from a very young age I knew I wanted to do,” Winstanley said.
He will continue to run at Nobles in addition to his game on the pitch. “It’s a full spring,” he said.
“It’s really my main passion,” he said of football, “but I also really like running in my free time.”
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Nine other Concord runners raced Boston, including Aisling Cuffe and Amanda Nurse, who both crushed the three-hour mark.
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Cuffe, 28, a second-year student in the doctoral physical therapy program at the MGH’s Health Professions Institute, ran a time of 2:37.23. It was the start of the marathon for the four-time All-America from Stanford University.
She placed 22nd overall on Monday and 19th in her age category.
Nurse, an RRCA Level 1 certified running coach and two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, finished in 2:46:54 and was the 48th woman to finish.
Also graduating from Concord: Rachel Bainbridge (3:07:18); Jessica Marchessault (3:17:26); Lynn Markowitz (3:23:18); Yordanka Shtiliyanova (3:24:55); Jill Hussain (3:32:47); David Merrow (3:33:51); and Joy Burke (3:41:35).
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