Scott Fauble had a pinch-me moment during his first Boston Marathon

"Holy bleep, I can’t believe I’m leading the bleeping Boston Marathon."

Scott Fauble
Scott Fauble was the first American male to cross the finish line of the 2019 Boston Marathon. –ohn Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Top American finisher Scott Fauble couldn’t help but relish a special mid-race moment during the 2019 Boston Marathon.

The 27-year-old Colorado native, who finished seventh overall with a personal-best time of 2:09:10, hung with, and, at times, fronted the pack that led the large majority of the course on Monday. During the stretches in which he was the frontrunner, Fauble made sure to take it all in.

“When I was leading, I was thinking, ‘Holy bleep, I can’t believe I’m leading the bleeping Boston Marathon,’” Fauble said. “It was just a surreal experience to be leading a race I grew up watching on TV — not even just growing up, I watched it on TV the last four years and kind of idolized the race and the experience.”


Fauble shaved over three minutes off his previous personal-best time, 2:12:28, which he set at the New York City Marathon in November. He said he was able to take the lead Monday because of the “cat-and-mouse” strategy some of the other top runners were implementing, where they would push themselves on the hills and slow down on the parts that followed.

Knowing that that approach would not bode well for him, Fauble said he went to the front to try and create a more “constant” and “comfortable” pace. He eventually dropped from the pack in the final five kilometers but made a point to document his experience in the lead. 

“I just tried to soak in the moment of actually being in the front of the pack,” he said. “I didn’t just go to the front just to feel that, but when I was at the front, I definitely made a point to be like, ‘This is pretty amazing.’”

Fauble ran the fastest American time in Boston since Meb Keflezighi won in 2014.

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