Injury will force Dionne to miss Boston Marathon

Injury will force Dionne to miss Boston Marathon

Cumberland native Hilary Dionne, shown running in the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Road Race in 2015, is currently recovering from an injury and will not run in next Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Cumberland runners highlight 122nd running of Monday’s legendary race

Twenty-six runners from northern Rhode Island will answer the starter’s gun for next Monday’s 122nd running of the Boston Marathon, but one of them won’t be the most recognizable long distance runner from this area.

Former Cumberland High All-State runner Hilary Dionne, who had placed among the top 25 female finishers and top eight American women in five straight races (2012-16), will miss the marathon for the second straight year, no thanks to an undisclosed injury.

“Although I did sign up for Boston, I am unfortunately recovering from an injury right now, so I will be withdrawing,” Dionne wrote in an email to The Valley Breeze. “It was bad timing and hit in the peak of my training. I hope to be back next year!”

Last spring, Dionne decided to skip the marathon, continue her training, and return to the racing circuit that summer. A resident of Charlestown, Mass., Dionne came home on the Fourth of July to win the Arnold Mills Road Race’s women championship for the third time in the last four years.

A former Dartmouth College standout who ran for the Boston Athletic Association’s running club from 2011-15, the 32-year-old Dionne joined some of her teammates on the Craft Concept all-women racing team in a handful of races last fall. One was Providence’s CVS Downtown 5K, which saw her place fifth in a competitive women’s field in a 17:01.6 time.

Dionne also ran in the Hartford Marathon last Oct. 14 and took third place in 1:15.54, and in the following month’s Philadelphia Marathon, she placed fourth in 2:43:35.

Among the local runners to follow in this year’s race are former Cumberland High runner Jason Reilly, who has resided in East Greenwich for the past four years and will be running in his eighth straight marathon, and Cumberland’s Mike Muschiano, who will make his fourth trip in the last five years.

The 35-year-old Reilly, who finished the 2013 and 2014 races in under 2:40, clocked a 2:42:43 in last year’s race, and the 32-year-old Muschiano has shown a great deal of improvement in his previous three Boston Marathons, recording a 3:54:40 time in 2014, a 3:34:11 clocking in 2016, and nearly breaking three hours (3:00:02) last year.

Two veteran Cumberland runners who are members of the Wampanoag Road Runners will also return to Hopkinton to continue their impressive streaks at this race, as Bill McGinnis will make his 15th consecutive trip, the most among runners in this chunk of the state, and Maria Chevalier will accompany him for her ninth straight.

The 63-year-old McGinnis finished last year’s race in 3:47:56, while the 43-year-old Chevalier will try to get under the four-hour mark after posting a 4:02:22 time last year. In Chevalier’s last marathon in Massachusetts, the Beantown Marathon last Sept. 10 in Hingham, her time was 3:43:42.

One of the top local female finishers could end up being Cumberland’s Ashley Glenn, who is making her fourth appearance at Boston since 2013. The 32-year-old Glenn has been a model of consistency in this marathon (3:56:55 in 2013, 3:54:06 in ’14, 3:52:00 in ’16), and in her last race, the New Bedford Half Marathon on March 18, she turned in a 1:34:58 time.

Two newcomers to this race to watch who qualified last year are former Cumberland High cross country star Lauren Lapierre and CHS senior Ana O’Callaghan. Lapierre, a 2011 graduate, clocked a 3:30:31 last Sept. 10 at the Erie (Penn.) Marathon, and O’Callaghan turned in a time of 3:28:34 at last April’s Newport Marathon.

O’Callaghan and her classmate, Lauren Pratt, will be the only two marathon runners from this state under the age of 21. Pratt, who had starred on the CHS girls’ basketball team the past two seasons, will be one of the area’s 13 charity runners, as she will run for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.