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Burnt Hills native sets Guinness record as she raises awareness for nurses’ mental health in Boston Marathon

From left to right, Shelby Goose, Sam Roecker and Kylie Lupica pose following Monday’s Boston Marathon. 
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From left to right, Shelby Goose, Sam Roecker and Kylie Lupica pose following Monday’s Boston Marathon. 

BURNT HILLS Samantha Roecker, a former Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School and Providence College standout, as well as an Olympic hopeful, can now add another feather to her cap: She is the fastest person ever to run a marathon in scrubs. 

Roecker, 30, completed Monday’s Boston Marathon while wearing a set of Moxie Scrubs in 2:48:02, eclipsing the previous such Guinness World Records mark of 3:08:22.

Roecker’s mission, as profiled in Sunday’s Daily Gazette, was to raise awareness and money in support of healthcare workers’ mental health and well-being. As of Tuesday, Roecker’s fundraising efforts had collected nearly $45,000 for the American Nurses Foundation’s Well-Being Initiative programs, supporting the mental health and wellness of registered nurses in the United States. Burnt Hills is hosting a walk on Sunday, May 1, that will support Roecker’s fundraising. The event, at the Burnt Hills track from 3-5 p.m., asks participants to walk a suggested distance of 2.62 miles and offer a suggested donation of $26.20. 

Roecker, a registered nurse and a family nurse practitioner student at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, said Monday’s 126th Boston Marathon – her 12th personal marathon and third Boston Marathon – was a “whirlwind.” 

“I feel like that marathon went by the fastest of any marathon I’ve run. I don’t know. I was trying to soak it in and enjoy it.”

Roecker said people – many of them friends and family, but also plenty of strangers – shouted her name along the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square. 

“A lot of people were like ‘go nurses,’” Roecker said. “A lot of people knew my name – they must have seen my story.” 

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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