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Corner Brook's Roslynn Decker takes women’s full marathon; gets marriage proposal

Roslynn Decker of Corner Brook, N.L. was the first woman to finish the full marathon during the Blue Nose Marathon on Sunday.
Roslynn Decker of Corner Brook, N.L. was the first woman to finish the full marathon during the Blue Nose Marathon on Sunday.

HALIFAX, N.S. — For Roslynn Decker it was first time lucky. She’s run three full marathons, but crossed the finish line with the women’s winning time in her first attempt at the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in a time of three hours and eight minutes, a personal best.

 

“This is my third full marathon, my first Blue Nose Marathon. I feel good,” said Decker, who came in 11th overall, and crossed the finish line in good form, with a smile on her face.

The smile was a little wider for a reason that had nothing to do with the race.

Decker was cheered on at the finish line by her boyfriend, who popped the question Sunday.

She said a night out is in order for her and her new fiancé.

“It’s a great feeling, so tonight we can celebrate, with dinner and drinks,” said Decker, who was beaming at the finish.

Decker has only run three marathons, taking top spot at the Humber Valley Marathon in Corner Brook, N.L., in 2014, with a time of three hours and 21 minutes.

A registered nurse, she also ran the Boston Marathon last year, finishing with a time of three hours and 36 minutes.

The second woman to cross the finish line for the full marathon Sunday was Linda MacDonald. The Bedford resident came in with an official time of three hours and 14 minutes, and was 14th overall.

Another Halifax resident took third place. Sarah MacDonald of Beechville crossed the finish line with a time of three hours and 24 minutes, and placed 26th overall.

More than 10,000 people gathered in downtown Halifax for the Blue Nose events throughout the weekend. This was the 14th Blue Nose marathon.

 

The following is a look at how other athletes from western Newfoundland fared at the 2017 Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon held in Halifax over the May 24 weekend:

 

Full marathon

Darren Kaulbach

Corner Brook

3:19:29.7

15th overall

Half Marathon

Megan Smith

Steady Brook

1:34:15.1

6th overall women

first in her age group (20-29)

Stephanie Seaward

Dartmouth (Corner Brook native)

1:36:44.9

10th overall woman

2nd in her age group (40-49)

Lindsey Lefort

Corner Brook

2:00:24.6

79th in her age group (20-29)

Shannon Park

Corner Brook

2:19:25.7

998th overall

Jeananne Ryan

Doyles

2:22:49.0

1,060th overall

 

10-km race

Aubrey Sanders

Corner Brook

38:58.5

Seventh overall

 

5-km race

Stephen Adams

Steady Brook

18:36.5

12th overall

1st in age group (30-39)

Kristian Kavli

Corner Brook

56th overall

12th in age group (20-29)

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