April 15, 2019 marked the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association continues to manage this American classic, which has been sponsored by John Hancock Financial since 1986.
The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity, and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).
Ryan Pickell, a 23-year-old Riverview resident, qualified for the event by placing eighth overall in the 2017 Detroit Free Press/Chemical Bank Marathon in Detroit. He completed the 26.2-mile Detroit course with a 2:50.43 time, well under the 2:55 qualifying time for Boston.
This year Ryan improved his time by finishing with a 2:38.53 mark in the Boston event and placed 312 of the over 32,000 participants. Ryan is a graduate of Riverview Community High School and The University of Michigan -Dearborn where he ran varsity cross country and is an assistant coach.