Elaine Devereaux, RN, says she got into running because she likes to eat and the activity allows her to indulge in the foods she loves without the weight gain. A dedicated runner for the past 12 years, Elaine calls Ruth Ripley, RN, a long-time Crouse employee, now retired, her road racing mentor. “Ruth has run in 100 marathons, and she’s become my inspiration for staying with it. In fact, the first three marathons I ran in were with Ruth.”
On Monday, April 21, Elaine, Hilary Reeves, RN, and Kathleen Pilon, RN, participated in the world’s oldest annual marathon, which ranks as one of the globe’s most prestigious road racing events: the 118th Boston Marathon. This event is considered the pinnacle within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification). The trio qualified last Memorial Day in Buffalo and began intensive training earlier this year. Elaine crossed the finish line with a time of four hours, 13 minutes.
“The times of Hilary and Kathleen were far better than mine, “says Elaine, 51, adding, “I just appreciated them bringing this ‘old lady’ along for the ride!” Besides the thrill of being in the Boston Marathon, they saw the event as a way to have a great girls’ weekend. While mindful of the marathon tragedy of 2013, the three had decided to run the 26 mile course prior to last year’s event.
Elaine, who will receive recognition for her 10 years of service to Crouse, has worked in endoscopy since 2012. Hilary works evenings in the Emergency Department and Kathleen works also evenings, in the ED’s Clinical Decision Unit. Would Elaine do the Boston Marathon again? “In a heartbeat,” she says.
The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. Maybe you’ll be part of the 119th running next year… obtain Boston Marathon entry information here... and start training, since the clock is ticking!