Brice runs third Boston Marathon

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Maggie Brice, 39, of Nashua, competed in her third Boston Marathon on April 15. Courtesy photo

NASHUA – Maggie Brice, 39, of Nashua, completed her third Boston Marathon on April 15 with a time of 3:16:06.

She said she competed in last year’s race as well as in 2022.

Unlike many other runners who identify the Newton Hills as the the most strenuous part of the course, Brice said the toughest part for her was the final half-mile stretch down Boylston Street.

“I hit Boylston and the heat got the best of me,” she said. “That was the longest and most grueling part.”

Brice said the best part of the race came at mile 15 in Newton, Mass. where her family gave her that extra push to conquer the Newton Hills.

“When I turn at the Fire Station, I just know I have to climb the hills and can do it with the work I have put in,” she said.

In preparation for the marathon, Brice said she is coached by Ruben Sanca, one of the three runners chosen to represent Cape Verde in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

“While we are in marathon training, I slowly build up my mileage to about 70-73 miles per week doing easy runs, speed workouts and long runs,” she said. “We put the goals on the table early, so we know what we are working towards throughout the training cycle.”

Brice said she got into running when she was in high school and started running marathons 14 years ago.

“I joined a running group in Portsmouth and did three marathons with them,” she said, adding that in October 2021, she completed Connecticut’s Hartford Marathon with a time of 3:29:04 to qualify for the 2022 Boston Marathon.

“Running to me is just a part of who I am,” she said. “It makes my days better, clears my mind and gives me routine. I love the training and challenges to push myself to get better.”


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