Hogan puts forth heroic effort at Boston Marathon – Lowell Sun


He wanted to “shoot for the stars,” but in the end Paul Hogan had to settle for being over the moon with his Boston Marathon performance.

The 26-year-old Burlington resident, one of the greatest runners UMass Lowell has ever produced, finished 25th overall Monday in a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and eight seconds. He was the 12th fastest American.

“I’m pretty happy with it. I’m happy that I battled it out and grinded it out when I wasn’t 100 percent,” he said. “I really wanted to break 2:14, but my hamstring flared up with about 300 meters to go on Boylston Street. I didn’t feel 100 percent. But I’ll take a PR.”

No local resident covered the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to downtown Boston faster than Hogan.

It was Hogan’s second marathon. He ran last year’s Boston Marathon, when it was held in October, in 2:15:51.

“I thought there were a lot more spectators than last year,” he said. “That was awesome. I saw some of my college teammates on the course. It was nice seeing everyone. That meant a lot. We were college buddies.”

Halfway through the race he was on pace to finish in 2:12.

“I knew by 8K that I was going too fast,” he said. “I thought I went out too fast in the beginning. I wanted to shoot for the stars. But the legs weren’t there … 26.2 miles is no joke.”

Hogan, a 2019 UMass Lowell graduate, said he’s “really thankful” to have been coached in college by Gary Gardner. Hogan, who represented the Boston Athletic Association team, is a junior environmental engineer/field technician for Mabbett & Associates, Inc., in Stoneham.

Hogan became UML’s first Division 1 All-American when he placed 11th in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division 1 Championships on a muggy 2019 night in Austin, Texas.

Under Gardner’s direction, Hogan set program records both outdoors (3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters) and indoors (3,000 and 5,000 meters).

On the women’s side, 28-year-old Concord resident Aisling Cuffe turned in a memorable performance. Her clocking of 2:37:23 placed her 339th overall and 22nd among all female runners. She was the 10th fastest American runner.

Though it was sunny all day Monday, with almost no signs of clouds, temperatures didn’t soar above the mid-50s. Many runners took advantage of the terrific conditions to post impressive times.


Six area residents successfully continued noteworthy streaks.

Quarter Century Club members who added to their Boston Marathon streaks were Gerard Ottaviano of Westford (No. 37), Scott Graham of Westford (No. 36), Brian Crane of Townsend (No. 34), Steve Kanaracus of Lowell (No. 33), Michael Kent of Billerica (No. 31) and David Nerrow of Concord (No. 29).

Ottaviano crossed in 6:13:53, while Graham (4:47:55), Crane (4:40:01), Kanaracus (4:55:57), Kent (4:42:04) and Nerrow (3:39:18) also extended their streaks.

“Absolutely perfect weather,” Graham said. “The crowds were definitely bigger than in October. It was a good day. A lot of people ran really well.”

Graham, despite not training as much as in previous years, finished 30 seconds faster than in October.

“Well, like I’ve said before, after my first marathon I said never again,” he said. “Now I’m starting to think 40 is enough. It’s starting to wear on me. The training in the winter is tough.”

His longest training run was 13.2 miles and he’s not sure he ran 30 miles total in March.

“It’s not the way to train,” he said, laughing. “Don’t do it my way.”

Graham received plenty of support from friends along the course, a major reason he was able to use “muscle memory” to run nearly twice as far as his longest training run.

Graham was more interested in trying to learn how his son Scott Graham II, an Ayer resident, fared. His son did just fine, crossing the finish line in 3:28:26.

In the end, despite suffering a sunburn on his shoulders, Graham was proud to extend his streak – and a proud father.

Sub 3-hour runners

Led by Hogan and Cuffe, a total of 15 area runners finished in under three hours.

Following Hogan (2:15:08) were Gabriel Kline of Acton (2:30:02), Tim Poitras of Dracut (2:30:36), Jake Shoemaker of Acton 2:30:39), Chris Gabrielson of Chelmsford (2:33:47), Cufe (2:37:23), Vasili Kariolis of Boxboro (2:38:13), Gregory Keras of Townsend (2:40:02), Paulo Amaral of Lowell (2:43:21), Andrew Downey of Dunstable (2:49:00), Jovan Sematimba of Burlington (2:53:06), Tony Ly of Lowell (2:53:53), Michael Narcisi of Acton (2:54:34), Evan Fagan of Dracut (2:56:41) and Jason Bui of Ayer (2:59:25).

Here and there

Academy of Notre Dame athletic director Lisa Zappala extended her BM streak to 21 with a 3:56:40 clocking. Four more finishes will put the Derry, N.H., resident into the Quarter Century Club. … Tip of the cap to Tucker Winstanley. The youngest area runner to take part, the 18-year-old Concord resident finished in 3:28:14.

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