HANOVER, N.H. -
Waitsfield native and Dartmouth college senior David Sinclair had the top Vermont finish in Monday's Boston Marathon. The cross country skier's time was 2:36:02. Like most people who ran Monday's marathon, the 22 year old wasn't too concerned with time. He had a special motivation for crossing the yellow line. I caught up with Sinclair on Dartmouth's campus Wednesday.
Scott: Congratulations. When did you realize you were the first Vermonter to cross?
David Sinclair: I didn't have any idea after the race. It wasn't until late Monday night when I got home when I was checking the results. I filtered through all the Vermont finishers and realized I was the first one.
Scott: To find out you were the first Vermonter, how did that feel?
David: All that pain I went through made it all worth it at the end.
Scott: Was this something that had come up because of the bombings, or was this something you were planning on running anyway?"
David: Actually, it all started last spring that I got this crazy idea that I wanted to run a marathon. After the bombings last spring, I realized I really wanted to run Boston.
Scott: As a cross country skier, and a good one at that, cardio-wise it helps.
David: Definitely fitness wise I had what I needed. The toughest part was just getting my legs strong enough to take the beating of the hills of Boston.
Scott: You lost a teammate this winter, Torin (Tucker). Was his loss any motivation for you? Were you thinking of him at all?
David: We definitely were. His loss was really tough. He was one of my good friends here (Dartmouth). The whole winter has been really hard. We've been thinking about him a lot. Torin's dad, Scott Tucker, was also running the marathon with us. His family's been really awesome and they actually made us some T-shirts to honor Torin so we all wore those in the race and we were definitely thinking of him. Those last couple of miles I was thinking, "I'm going to do this for Torin to the finish."