Fastest Bostonians In This Year's Marathon Given Inaugural Awards

Photo: Kim Tunnicliffe (WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Two fleet of foot Bostonians received an award Thursday for their speedy participation in the 127th Boston Marathon last month.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and President and CEO of the Boston Athletic Association Jack Fleming handed out the inaugural Fastest Bostonian awards at a ceremony at City Hall Pavilion.

Vinny Castronuovo, 23, of South End, won the award on the men's side with a time of 2:25:56, his personal best. Castronuovo is a Northeastern University graduate and president of the school's running club. Shannon LaMarre, 28, of Charlestown, took home the award on the women's side with a time of 2:54:34. LaMarre is an environmental engineer and a member of the Greater Boston Track Club.

"I was not expecting it," Castronuovo told WBZ NewsRadio Thursday. "It’s an honor for sure. I’m really proud of the time and the race and the city."

"Just the energy surrounding running in this city is incredible and it’s really what keeps me running every day," Castronuovo continued. "And the Boston Marathon itself is the most fun race I’ve ever run."

"I hadn’t heard about it before, so it’s such a nice honor," LaMarre said. "Running is such a huge community. I think once I moved to a different city, just finding other people to run with is just how I’ve made a lot of great friends."

Around 1,000 Bostonians ran in this year's race.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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