Maine’s Samuelson happy to finish Boston Marathon

Posted April 19, 2011, at 2:42 p.m.

BOSTON — Maine’s Joan Benoit Samuelson managed to win her age group in the Boston Marathon despite nearly backing out of the race because of back spasms.

The two-time Boston Marathon winner says she had back spasms a week ago, and her back buckled in her final training run. But she says she didn’t want to drop out, especially since her daughter Abby Samuelson was running the Boston Marathon for the first time.

Despite not feeling great, the 53-year-old Samuelson finished in 2 hours, 51 minutes, 29 seconds, the fastest time in the women’s 50-54 age group.

She tells the Portland Press Herald she enjoyed being back on the Boston course. She says, “I’ll do it again when I can run with reckless abandon.”

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