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Irish actor Kevin Ryan, who played British officer John Pitcairn in the History Channel miniseries “Sons of Liberty,” finished the Boston Marathon in 4:16:35, which meant that by 4:15 p.m. he was relaxing and waiting for a massage.

“And a beer,” he told us after making his way to the VIP area.

Ryan, who spoke with us by phone after crossing the finish line, ran on behalf of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. He’d never run a marathon before, but wound up running two in five weeks for the organization — first the Los Angeles Marathon in March, and then Monday’s big race.


Asked about both, Ryan made it clear that he prefers our course. “Running in LA, the majority of the time it was super flat,” he said. “If I’m running on a flat surface, I get bored.” He added, of his experience, “The energy of the city — I’ve never seen anything like this, just how people come together. I would come back in a heartbeat. It reminds me of Dublin.”

Kelly Grill, executive director of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, said she spent Sunday showing Ryan some of the local sites that his “Sons of Liberty” character would know well.

“He doesn’t film here,” she said, of Ryan’s work for the History Channel. “We went to the Boston Tea [Party] Museum.”

“Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba ran the 2015 Boston Marathon to support Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“Orange Is the New Black” star Uzo Aduba ran the 2015 Boston Marathon to support Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Uzo Aduba, who grew up in Medfield and now stars on “Orange Is the New Black,” finished her Marathon run for Dana-Farber in 5:03:24. Coming in just before her with a time of 4:49:53 was Sean Astin, of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Goonies,” who ran for Team MR8 on behalf of the Martin Richard Charitable Foundation.

Monday’s TV runners included WBZ’s David Wade, who finished in 4:49:21 and Comcast SportsNet’s Trenni Kusnierek, whose time was 3:43:16. The big proposal of the race came from Mayor Marty Walsh’s chief of staff, Daniel Koh , who, at the finish line, asked Amy Sennett to marry him. (She said yes.) The couple had the same finish time: 3:38:39.


Spectators spotted around town included Jenny Johnson of “Dining Playbook,” Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy, and the “Today” show’s Willie Geist, who were at Fenway before the Marathon finish. Parties around town included the Herb Chambers “Lexus Finish Party” bash at the Mandarin, which drew CBS Boston’s Mark Lund. WAAF’s Greg Hill hosted his party at the Capital Grille. Joining him at the celebration, which benefited his foundation for families affected by tragedies, were Marathon bombings survivors James Costello and Marc Fucarile.