Missoula’s Mark Messmer leads Montanans finishing the Boston Marathon

BOSTON — More than 40 Montanans finished one of the world’s most prestigious races on Monday, running in the 122nd annual Boston Marathon.

Missoula’s Mark Messmer turned in the best performance of any Treasure State native. The former Sentinel Spartan, Montana Grizzly, and reigning Missoula Marathon champ finished in 2:24:37. The 26-year-old who now lists his home as Issaquah, Washington finished 42nd overall, less than 17 minutes behind the winner, Lawrence Cherono of Kenya.

Bozeman’s Julie Donagan was the only Montana woman to break the three-hour mark, crossing the line in 2:57:25. The 24-year-old former Montana State student and ultra-marathoner had the 114th-fastest women’s time.

Two other Montanans had impressive finishes in their age divisions: 55-year-old Kyle Strode of Helena took 40th in his division with a time of 3:07:23, and 53-year-old Sara Stahl of Missoula clocked a 3:39:04, 104th in her division.

You can see the results from all of the Montana finishers here.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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