Quinn Stamp wasn’t much of a runner during a stellar athletic career at Lisbon High School.
Then again, maybe he was.
“The first seed was planted by my high school wrestling coach, Chris Lembeck,” Stamp said Monday, hours after completing his second Boston Marathon. “We did a lot of running and he said ‘you should run a marathon. You could do one right now.’ That memory always kind of lived with me.”
Stamp was a standout football player, wrestler and baseball player as a prep. He ran track only his freshman and sophomore years. At Central College, he played football for one season, then gave that up.
He started running “because I needed something to do.”
Now 37 and living and working in Iowa City, he plans to continue to run — “it’s part of my life now; it’s just something I have to do” — but he’s not sure he’ll ever do another marathon.
“I don’t,” he said when asked what he likes about the 26.2-mile distance. “I just had a few goals I’d set.
“This will probably be my last one ... I believe that’s true.”
He hasn’t had the best of weather luck during his four marathons. He qualified for this year’s Boston with a time of 3 hours, 6 minutes in Houston on a hot and humid day. He ran his best marathon in Duluth, Minn., clocking 3:04.
He ran 3:25:36 Monday in less than ideal conditions.
“It was the worst conditions I’ve ever run in.” he said. “It rained the entire time, sometimes hard. There was a 25 mile-per-hour headwind the entire time.
“The worst part was it was so cold.”
He also ran the Boston Marathon in 2013, the best weather conditions he’s raced in but also the year the bomb attack.
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“We had just sat down to order food when the second bomb went off,” he said. “We definitely heard what was going on.”
His return to Boston on the five-year anniversary “was definitely a thought,” but not the only reason he attempted the distance one last time. He was hoping to break the 3-hour barrier, a big step for many marathoners.
He didn’t make it, but “I’ll take it,” he said of his time this year.
EASTERN IOWA FINISHERS
Male — Brett Rosauer (Iowa City), 2:36.30; Nicholas Andresen (Iowa City), 2:45:22; Chase Moser (Cedar Rapids), 2:47:46; John Watkins (Iowa City), 2:59:36; Tyler Husak (Marion), 3:10:53; Robert Murphy (Mount Vernon), 3:11:14; Jon Fitch (Marion), 3:17:31; Jared Nelson (Iowa City), 3:19:10; Quinn Stamp (Iowa City), 3:25:36; Nick Daedlow (Independence), 3:27:51; John Heineman (Iowa City), 3:29:49; Joel Shilyansky (Iowa City), 3:38:34; Steve Dodge (Iowa City), 3:48:47; Jordan Schier (Cedar Rapids), 3:56:18; Ted Smith (Cedar Rapids), 4:06:38; James Shell (Cedar Rapids), 4:09:07
Female — Emily Moser (Cedar Rapids), 3:11:43; Rochelle Yang (Iowa City), 3:17:44; Jessica Hanley (Iowa City), 3:26:54; Sarah Dickes (Cedar Rapids), 3:33:31; Jess Harris (Coralville), 3:39:16; Abigail Fincel (Iowa City), 3:51:51; Jenna Dengler (Iowa City), 3:53:15; Erin Hazen (Solon), 3:53:26; Cristi Trow Dykstra (Riverside), 3:56:58; Barb Lorenz (Marion), 3:58:44; Lisa Manderscheid (Maquoketa), 4:09:24; Andrea Joyner (Marion), 4:10:10; Lisa Murray (Iowa City), 4:12:11; Kristin Adkins (Brooklyn), 4:24:58; Lynda Hemann (Iowa City), 4:26:29; Carolyn Stone (Iowa City), 4:31:29