Cassidy cracks Boston Marathon Top 10

The rain was back in style for the start of the 2019 Boston Marathon, but thankfully for the athletes participating, the single digit temperatures of a year ago were not on the forecast. Battling the wet and windy conditions through the streets of Boston, Josh Cassidy was able to push himself to a top ten finish over the 42.2 kilometre course.

The Oakville resident, who set a course record of 1:18.25 in winning the 2012 edition, came down the famous stretch of Boylston Street to cross the line in a time of 1 hour 29 minutes 59 seconds. Cassidy finished ninth overall and was the top Canadian in the pushrim wheelchair field.

This was Cassidy’s third marathon of 2019 after a fifth place finish in Tokyo and a win just three weeks on the streets of Los Angeles. Next up on the schedule for the three time Paralympian is the London Marathon April 28th in the British capital. A winner at the 2010 event, Cassidy will certainly be looking to improve on his ninth place finish of a year ago.

Also running in Boston today was three-time Paralympic medalist Stuart McGregor who won the visually impaired division while competing in just his second marathon. The 40-year old McGregor crossed the line in 3 hours 12 minutes 2 seconds, nearly 20 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. The victory gives McGregor a leg up on former training partner Jason Dunkerley who finished third in the same category a year ago.