GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Julian Borst, a 22-year-old from Kalamazoo, finished the Boston Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 5 minutes and 8 seconds, which is just over a 7-minute mile pace.

Borst is the first Special Olympics Athlete to qualify for the Boston Marathon, and he did not disappoint in his third career marathon. He qualified for the Patriot's Day race at the Last Change BQ.2 Marathon in Grand Rapids last September.

Borst dominated the long distance running events at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle where he won gold in the 10,000-meter, 5,000-meter and 3,000-meter races.

The Kalamazoo native was one of five Special Olympics athletes from the United States to compete in this year's marathon. Others included Andy Bryant from Woodinville, Washington; Andrew Peterson from Indianapolis; John Almeda from Sacramento; and Ernie Roundtree from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

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