“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:
6th overall women
first in her age group (20-29)
Dartmouth (Corner Brook native)
10th overall woman
2nd in her age group (40-49)
79th in her age group (20-29)
1st in age group (30-39)
12th in age group (20-29)