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Doug Flutie, Andy Katz among notable finishers in the 2015 Boston Marathon

Runners headed toward the finish on Boylston Street on Monday.

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Runners headed toward the finish on Boylston Street on Monday.

ESPN reporter Andy Katz was running the Boston Marathon for colleague Shelley Smith.

BC legend and former NFL great Doug Flutie was running for the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism.

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Rebekah Gregory was running to further prove her Boston strength.

Amy Keil was running six weeks out from her due date.

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Katz, a senior writer who focuses on college basketball, wrote “#Shelley” and “Stu,” for former SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, on his bib.

He also wrote “Shelley” in black marker down his left arm. Smith announced in October she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been off the air since, undergoing treatment.

She is set to return to work April 30.

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Through The V Foundation, which was named for former NC State coach Jim Valvano and supports cancer research, Katz raised $10,728 with his 26.2 miles into Boston.

He finished Monday in 4 hours, 56 minutes and 31 seconds.

Flutie crossed the finish line in just more than 5 hours at 5:00:42. He bested his 2014 time of 5:23:54, and, along with 15 charity runners called Dougie’s Team, rasied more than $200,000, according to the foundation’s website.

Gregory was 3 feet away from one of the bombs in 2013 and suffered injuries that led to the amputation of her left leg.

“I have to run that marathon — for myself, and for everyone watching to see that it’s only made me stronger,” she wrote in an essay for Vox published Monday.

This is the day....I take my life back.

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Doctors warned against her running the entirety of the 26.2 miles, so she decided to start at Mile 23, though the pain proved to be too much to complete the final 3.2 miles. A police car drove her to Mile 25, and she completed the final mile with her trainer, Artis Thompson III.

Gregory collapsed on top of the finish line, overcome by emotion.

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I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7

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“But it was still an incredible feeling to cross that finish line, running,” she told espnW. “Better than I imagined. And I crossed the finish line — that’s what’s important.”

Keil, 7.5 months pregnant, wore a bright pink shirt, emblazoned across the front with the words: “Coming in 6 weeks!” She finished in 4:19:14, placing 9,315th out of 12,022 female finishers.

Amy Keil.

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Amy Keil.

Other finishers of note include “Orange is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba.

Done. #BostonMarathon #bostonstrong #WhyIRun cc @danafarber #DFMC #4Andrea

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Meet the top finishers from New England states

Ruben Sanca, 28, Lowell, Ma.

Sanca, the business manager in the Office of Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, finished in 2:21:58, good for 24th in the men’s field.

Sanca was on the UMass Lowell track and field team from 2007-10, running a personal best of 13:45.46 in the 5,000 meters as a senior before representing Cape Verde in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the same event. He was named UMass Lowell’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The O’Bryant High School alum later earned his masters degree in business administration from UMass Lowell before taking his post in the Office of Student Affairs.

Christopher Zablocki, 26, Essex, Conn.

Zablocki, who is studying at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, finished in 2:20:25, 20th place overall.

He was a member of the Dartmouth cross country and track and field teams from 2008-10.

Zablocki won the Jacksonville Marathon last December, finishing in 2:27:41. His personal best is 2:17:49, which he ran in 2013 en route to winning the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach, Va.

Geoff Nelson, 29, Providence, R.I.

Nelson was a walk-on for the Syracuse cross country and track and field teams from 2002-06, competing in the mile, 3,000 meters, and 5,000 meters. The New Fairfield, Conn., native has won the Pell Bridge Run in Newport three years in a row, setting a record for the 4.2-mile course last year with a time of 19:48.

Aliaksandr Leuchanka, 23, Durham, N.H.

Leuchanka, who is studying kinesiology in graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, finished in 45th place, crossing the finish line in 2:26:36.

“Incredible. I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” Leuchanka told seacoastonline.com after crossing the finish line Monday. “If you throw your hands in the air when people start cheering you can go farther and faster.”

He attended the University of Albany for his undergraduate degree and competed on the track and field team from 2009-12.

Spencer McElwain, 25, Arundel, Maine

McElwain, an engineer at IDEXX Laboratories, finished in 2:34:03, good for 122nd overall.

“I felt good,” he told The Bangor News. “My main goal was to finish without an injury, and the hamstring didn’t act up at all so that was a big confidence booster and a good stepping stone from here on out for bigger and better things for the marathon.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine while competing for the track team from 2009-12. Monday was his second Boston Marathon. Last year, he finished in 2:37:58.

Todd J. Smith, 40, Bristol, Vt.

Smith, a registered nurse, finished in 2:39:21, which earned him 233rd place.

Smith has run in every Boston Marathon since 2008. He will be a part of the pace team for the Vermont City Marathon on May 24.

Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.
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