09.18.2017 — With heavy hearts, we said goodbye back in August to one of our firm’s engineering giants, Jack Christiansen. Among other achievements, Jack was well known for his mastery of thin-shell concrete structures. Jack was a part of our firm from 1952 until his retirement in 1983 when the firm was known as Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson.
Thanks to the Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington (SEFW), part of Jack Christiansen’s story is preserved in this short film (link here) highlighting the Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Learn more about the U.S. Science Pavilion design (now known as the Pacific Science Center) in which Jack collaborated with Minoru Yamasaki. Listen to Jack himself starting at the 12-minute mark — as well as seeing Jack’s design of the International Commerce and Industry Building’s flower-like roof canopies in thin-shell concrete at the 28:30 mark. These structures are a must-see, as they were a beautiful expression of structure which unfortunately no longer exist on the site.
» Jack Christiansen History
07.10.2017 — On July 10th, our MKA summer interns toured the Second and Pike residential project currently under construction in downtown Seattle. Representatives of Sellen Construction led the group to the uppermost residential floor that was near-ready for concrete placement.
Philip Beasley, an MKA design engineer on the project, led the tour and described some of the significant structural design features. The visit concluded with observations of the Level 8 amenity floor to see the installed curtain wall, MEP rough-in, and a steel canopy structure — with a final stop at a completed residential unit on Level 2.
Each summer MKA is proud to bring on 5-7 interns, letting them experience true hands-on engineering! Welcome to this year’s interns (from left to right), Iris Kwong, Olga Pavlenko, James Gaitan, Marissa Gelms, and Eric Fleet.
» 2017 Summer Interns Tour 2nd and Pike
08.27.2016 — Since 2014, MKA has chosen a Community Service project to tackle in the Greater Seattle area. The year starts with a call for MKA volunteers and the selection of an overall project manager. Brainstorming and project selection happens next, and then the design teams go to work creating detailed plans, supply lists, and much more – in anticipation for a well-coordinated build day.
For this year’s project we planned several major improvements to Dr. Jose Rizal Park in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. The park contains an orchard perched along the west slope, overlooking downtown. City Fruit, a non-profit organization, along with the park steward and volunteers maintain the orchard and harvest the fruit to benefit the Beacon Hill community and for use in local food banks.
MKA’s task was to extend an existing trail for better access to the orchard; build secure, on-site storage boxes for tools used in the maintenance of the orchard; and to build a 3-step composting system for fallen apples. After six months of planning and design, 40+ MKA volunteers were on-hand on August 27th to complete the project.
To find out more about the rich history of the park and its orchard, visit here.
» MKA’s 2016 Community Service Project
07.28.2016 — Food Frenzy for 2016 is a wrap. MKA participated in two weeks of fun events — all to raise money for Food Lifeline. Activities included everything from bake sales to trivia competitions. One office favorite was the “Cardboard Cutout Competition.” Staff donated dollars to send a large scale cutout to loom over their co-workers desk. Last year it was Justin Bieber, this year it was a T-Rex! And new for this year was the “Guess the MKA Baby Competition.” 25 photos were submitted to the contest. Our BIM Technical Lead, Ben Thomas, was the winner — identifying 16 of his co-workers from their baby photos!
MKA’s staff raised $8,016.93, far exceeding our 2015 totals. Staff also helped sort, pack, weigh, and stack nearly 2800 lbs. of food at the Food Bank Volunteer Night.
Thanks to Justin Grasse, Jessica Haas, Abby Taylor, Angela Bigelow, Kunal Vaswani, Megan Hays, Travis Corigliano, Eleanor Reynolds, Mandy Chen, Krzysztof Zaleski, Blake Doepker, and Michael Murphy for organizing the individual activities and to ALL our MKA staff for their participation.
» Food Frenzy 2016
05.27.2016 — Pictured here is Team MKA Chicago at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge last night in Grant Park! (From L to R: Josh Brickman, Bethany Myelle, Adam Theiss and Lucas Cusak.) This was the 35th running of the event in Chicago and served as a benefit and awareness builder for "Get IN Chicago", a not-for-profit dedicated to identifying the most effective ways to reduce youth violence. Nice work team!
» Team MKA Chicago Runs
01.27.2016 — MKA’s Chicago office was pleased to recently host a group of engineering students from MIT. The group led by Senior Principal and Chicago Office Leader, Dave Eckmann, P.E., S.E., AIA and Associate, Adam Theiss, P.E., toured two of MKA’s projects going up simultaneously along the Chicago River’s edge — River Point Tower and 150 N. Riverside. The next day the students were inspired to visit another MKA project, the pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo. You can view the progress of the two towers by visiting the construction webcam, here.
Photos courtesy: Professor John A. Ochsendorf, MIT.
» MKA Chicago Hosts MIT Students
01.08.2016 — The ACE Mentor Program for 2015-2016 is in full swing. High school students from the Seattle and Eastside areas are working with industry mentors to learn about architecture, engineering, and construction. MKA is participating as a mentor firm again this year and has 19 MKA staff participating!
This year’s project is to design a high-rise residential building located on Ninth and Virginia in downtown Seattle. Teams are given criteria for the building’s program that includes mixed use space, multiple floors of residential units and four stories of underground parking. The teams have 15 weeks to come up with their schemes. The final presentations will take place on May 25th. Good luck to all the teams!
To learn more about the ACE Mentor Program in Washington, click here.
» ACE Mentor Program 2016
01.07.2016 — Ending 2015 with the giving spirit, MKA staff raised $1,153.00 for Treehouse, a Seattle organization that supports foster children, teens and their families. Donations were collected online and also through a multi-day bake sale. Three boxes of toys and clothes were also delivered to the Treehouse Warehouse just in time for Christmas. Thanks to everyone who participated to support Treehouse!
» MKA’s Giving Spirit
10.19.2015 — Team MKA participated in the 2015 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk this past Saturday at Seattle Center. Combining individual donations and an office-wide bake sale, the team exceeded their fundraising goal of $1000. As you can see, the baking presentations got creative with Rice Krispies Treats stacked as a replica of one of our projects, SkyRise Miami.
» Team MKA at the 2015 Puget Sound Heart Walk
08.31.2015 — If you live in the Seattle area, you know this past Saturday’s weather was a bit hectic with wind and rain.... however, our amazing MKA Community Service Team spent the day at Lake Samm Foursquare Church building a sensory playground, nature trail, activity panels, tricycle storage, playground seating and fences.
The centerpiece of the playground is a large octopus made of concrete with mosaic and tactile surfaces. Cleverly, the head of the octopus covers a tree stump in the middle of the playground area that would have been tough to remove. These spaces were designed to engage children on the autism spectrum, specifically a group called FEAT of Washington (Families for Effective Autism Treatment), just one of the many groups that Lake Samm hosts at their location.
Again this year we partnered with Seattle Works for logistics and coordination. We are thankful to Katie Tiehen for all her help and Lake Samm for their support and day-of snacks that kept the team going! We will return this week to put finishing touches on — and sincerely look forward to seeing the kids put their new playground and nature trail to use.
» MKA’s 2015 Community Service Project
03.11.2015 — The Chicago Architecture Foundation maintains a very elaborate (and famous) model of Chicago buildings, a permanent exhibit that is updated annually and grows along with the city! A team constantly watches the Loop for new construction, then each year adds new projects and takes out demolished buildings. Once a project begins, the team contacts the architecture firm for an exterior file of the building that can be used as a guide to 3D print the building’s model. This year, 4 of the 16 new buildings were MKA designs: 151 North Franklin Street, 200 North Michigan, 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street (MKA also did a peer review of OneEleven at 111 West Wacker). With a Chicago office and over 50 projects in the area, MKA has made quite an impression on the city’s skyline. Check out the link to read more and see pictures of the impressive model. Can you spy any MKA projects?
Photo Credit: Kate Gardiner
» MKA Projects added to Chicago City Model
09.25.2014 — This year, MKA is sponsoring the Community Enhancement Program put on by NAIOP’s Washington State Chapter. Each year, NAIOP Washington selects an improvement project, supported by donations of time, money, materials, and expertise. This year’s project is Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA, a facility built during the Great Depression and named a National History Place in 1993. The camp has been a valuable community resource for 80 years and is now in need of some NAIOP TLC. For those interested in volunteering, project work is set for October 4th from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visit NAIOP’s website for more details.
» NAIOP ’s 2014 Community Enhancement Project
09.13.2014 — After months of planning and coordination, MKA volunteers completed their first community service project for Lettuce Link at Marra Farm in south Seattle. The farm, one of the last historic agricultural plots in Seattle, was in need of two things: first, a Mushroom Shack, where the farm could cultivate a variety of edible mushrooms. Second, a secure and portable Market Stand, which would allow the farm to sell produce to the residents of South Park, where fresh, organic produce is a rarity. Volunteers from all departments at MKA set out to design and build both projects with financial support from the company and logisitcal help from SeattleWorks.
While the design and planning of the projects took several months, 35 MKA volunteers successfully built both projects in one (very long) day. Excellent work, everyone!
» MKA Community Service Project at Marra Farm
08.11.2014 — Over the sunny weekend, MKA hosted the firm’s annual Summer Picnic. This year, engineers and their families gathered at Woodland Park Zoo for a picnic, animal encounters, face painting, and games.
» 2014 MKA Summer Picnic at Woodland Park Zoo
07.28.2014 — This month, MKA participated in Food Lifeline’s annual “Food Frenzy,” a two-week competition between local businesses to raise funds to combat summertime hunger. This campaign encourages participating businesses to create their own fundraising and team building activities. No stranger to creative solutions, MKA engineers worked together to raise over $6,600 to benefit Food Lifeline, placing the firm third overall in the Design and Construction Category.
In addition to annual MKA staples like jeopardy competitions, “tailgate toss” matches, and bake sales, some highlights from this year’s Food Frenzy include:
- MKA Arcade: engineers competed for high score on arcade classics like Pac-Man, played on an “old school” video game console created by Robert Baxter, Senior Associate at MKA
- Food Bank Night: engineers volunteered at Food Lifeline’s Shoreline Repack Center, making over 8,000 meals possible
- Spare Change Competition: specialist groups teamed up to compete in a unique spare change competition, which resulted in about about 160 pounds of change!
» Food Lifeline Food Frenzy 2014
06.23.2014 — On June 19, 2014, MKA engineers Jordan Jarrett and Kevin Aswegan shook things up at the Museum of Flight’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Camp: Wonderous Waves. Speaking to 6th and 7th graders, they discussed the waves of motion associated with earthquakes and tools for understanding the effects of earthquake motion, including plate tectonics, seismic waves, measurement of earthquakes, and the faults affecting Seattle. The campers engaged in several hands-on actives, including making seismic waves out of slinkies, creating their own “earthquakes” by jumping around an accelerometer, and building candy structures that were tested on a shake table.
» MKA at the Museum of Flight STEM Camp, Wonderous Waves
11.23.2013 — Patricia Decker earned the title of this year’s Washington State Cyclocross Cat 4 Women’s Champion at Arlington Municipal Airport. Despite a dropped chain on her second lap and a flat front tire on her final lap that prompted her to switch to her single-speed bike, Patricia still came in more than a minute ahead of the second finisher. She also earned her upgrade from Cat 4 to Cat 3!
» Patricia Decker, Cyclocross Champion
08.24.2013 — Amy Haaland ran in the Hood to Coast Relay and Kristine Svehla-Brown did the Lake Sammamish Triathalon and placed 2nd in the Athena Division. Nice work!
» Lake Sammamish Triathalon
08.17.2013 — Krzysztof Zaleski, Andy Fry, Amy Haaland, and Adam Theiss all ran in the Columbia Winery Charity Run and Walk 5k/10k . The event helps raise funds for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
» Columbia Winery Charity Run and Walk 5k/10k
08.16.2013 — Not only did MKA Building Information Modeler Alison Cheuk make a chocolate cake in the shape of a squirrel (amazing in and of itself)…she modeled it in Rhino, made templates for cutting/assembly guides, anchored it with chopsticks, and created it all out of 1.5" layers. Magnificent!
» MKA Cake Engineering
08.01.2013 — And the feats of athleticism just don’t stop! During the month of July, six MKA employees participated in the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride, two were on a Ragnar relay team, one raced in the ChelanMan Olympic Triathalon, one raced in the Lake Stevens 70.3 IronMan, and one rode the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt. Rainier in One Day). Great job, everyone!
» MKA Feats of Athleticism
07.31.2013 — Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy fundraiser just came to a close with MKA raising nearly $5,000 in donations as well as 90 hours of volunteer service accrued throughout the year! Nice work, everyone!
» MKA Food Frenzy
07.30.2013 — A group of about 30 MKA employees made it down to Safeco Field for the Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners game last Friday. We got a warm welcome, but the Mariners still lost!
» MKA Safeco Field Mariners Game
» MKA Engineers Trip to Bertha
07.01.2013 — The MKA softball team is now six games into the season, with a record of 3-3. Not bad!
» MKA Softball
07.01.2013 — In the “impressive but slightly crazy” category, Derek Beaman, MKA President, is about halfway into his 2013 personal goal of running one half-marathon a month! So far, he has run the Rain Run Half in Redmond (January), the West Seattle Half (February), the Mercer Island Half (March), the Magnuson Series Earth Day Half (April), the Cinco De Mayo Half in Snoqualmie (May), and now the North Olympic Discovery Half in Port Angeles (June). He’ll have quite a collection of t-shirts when the year is over!
Shown above, Derek Beaman, Emily Carlip, Katelin Crook, Trace Farmer, Andy Fry, Amy Haaland, Mike Jewsbury, Mat Johnson, Erin Olson, Janet Ranf, and Kristine Svehla-Brown all ran the South Lake Union 10k on Sunday, August 18. Other non-MKA team members included Todd Olson, Danny Hartnell, and Shana Jewsbury. The MKA team won second place in the Corporate Challenge, behind Amazon. Way to go, MKA-ers!
» MKA’s Runners at the South Lake Union 10K
06.22.2013 — John Hooper, Andy Fry, Amy Haaland, Jordan Gevers, Rita Greene, and Stephen Pool, all MKA employees, run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon/Half Marathon.
» Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and Half
06.15.2013 — Kristine Svehla-Brown, MKA Graphic Designer, is also keeping active this year. She is part of Team LUNA Chix’s Seattle Triathlon Team, which mentors and trains women of all ages and ability levels to help them meet their triathalon goals. On June 15, she was a “Race Buddy” for a first-time participant in the Dilettante Women’s Sprint Tri (1/4-mile swim, 13.6-mile bike ride, and 5k run). Way to go!
» Team LUNA Chix’s Seattle Triathlon Team
06.06.2013 — MKA participated in the second annual Seattle Science Festival, which ran June 6 through 16. Thanks to the many MKA employees who volunteered their time with the presentations on the structural design of the Experience Music Project as well as Expo Day, where MKA brought out its custom-made shake table.
» MKA at the 2nd Annual Seattle Science Festival
04.20.2013 — MKA’s Derek Beaman, Matthew Johnson, and Amy Haaland run the Magnuson Park Earth Day Half Marathon.
» MKA Runners at the Magnuson Park Earth Day Half Marathon
04.14.2013 — MKA’s Jordan Gevers ran the Whidbey Island Half Marathon and finished with a sub-8:30 pace.
» Jordan Gevers Runs the Whidbey Island Half Marathon
04.05.2013 — MKA’s Adam Koczarski played in two brackets of the Washington State Racquetball Singles Championship Tournament. He made it to the quarter finals of the men’s B division before losing and won the consolation championship title in the men’s aged A division (45 and older).
» Adam Koczarski in the Washington State Racquetball Singles Championship Tournament
03.24.2013 — MKA’s Kristin Booth participates in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb up Columbia Center, conquering 69 flights of stairs and over 1,300 steps!
» MKA at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb up Columbia Center
03.24.2013 — MKA’s Derek Beaman, John Hooper, and Amy Haaland run the Mercer Island Half Marathon, all with a sub 8:30 pace!
» MKA at the Mercer Island Half Marathon
02.09.2013 — Emily Carlip, MKA engineer, gives a presentation as part of the 2013 ASCE Young Members Forum Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition, which MKA sponsored.
» 2013 ASCE Young Members Forum Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition
10.20.2012 — Many MKAers participate as part of the MKA/Sellen team in the 2012 Puget Sound Heart Walk, and MKA made a donation on the team’s behalf.
» MKA at the 2012 Puget Sound Heart Walk
10.07.2012 — Derek Beaman, MKA Principal, and Andy Fry MKA Chief Operating Officer, ran all 26.2 miles of the Portland Marathon. Derek ran it in 3:53:29, and Andy in 3:57:05. Impressive!
» MKA at the Portland Marathon
09.15.2012 — Jon Magnusson, MKA President/CEO, ran the Disney Half-Marathon through California Adventure, Disneyland, and the Angels Ballpark.
» MKA at the 2013 Disney Half-Marathon
09.01.2012 — We had a great turnout at this year’s golf tournament at Echo Falls in Snohomish on Friday, August 24, with 45 players and 12 scramble groups. The winning group included Brook Jacksha, Ben Thomas, Jeanette Lam, and Alex Dehoux—congratulations! Women’s long drive winner was Jeanette Lam, and men’s long-drive winner was Greg Briggs. Closest to the pin went to Brian Morgen, who was just 19 inches from the hole on 14 (which was 130 yards). Additional group entertainment was provided at the 18th hole, where finished players could watch those who followed put a LOT of balls into the hole’s water feature.
» MKA Golf Tournament
08.29.2012 — MKA is proud to have provided civil and structural engineering services and a day of volunteer labor for Habitat for Humanity’s newest net-zero, modular home here in Seattle. Tours of the house start this weekend. http://on.fb.me/U4Rc67
» MKA partners with Habitat for Humanity’s newest net-zero, modular home in Seattle
08.18.2012 — MKA had a good showing at the Covey Run! MKA made a donation in support of the run, which goes towards uncompensated medical care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Runners completing the 10K included Amy Haaland, Krzystof Zaleski, Andy Fry, Janet Ranf, Adam Theiss, Elizabeth Theiss, and Tyler Ranf. Katelin Crook and Emily Carlip completed the 5K (but missed the photo op!). There were also 9 additional "MKA friends and family" participants, including the Fry and Theiss kids.
» MKA at the Covey Run
07.17.2012 — Food Frenzy continues at MKA headquarters. Yesterday, at the bake sale, there was a clear favorite: cookie-stuffed cookies. We were too busy eating to take a picture, but suffice it to say that these Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies raised some serious dough for Food Lifeline! Then, yesterday evening, MKA engineer Kevin Wang won the bowling tournament with a striking score of 196! Today’s events included the Bag Toss and the Minute to Win It airplane contest, where our structural engineers flexed their aerospace engineering muscles. Next up: Jeopardy (complete with the custom buzzer). http://on.fb.me/MMLvWs
» Food Frenzy 2012
07.12.2012 — Every July, Food Lifeline, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington, holds their annual Food Frenzy fundraiser. We’re participating this year by holding a ton of employee fundraising events, including a scavenger hunt, bowl-a-thon, and Jeopardy tournament. Lest it be forgotten that we are indeed an engineering firm, MKA Jeopardy participants will be using a buzzer system (shown here coming out of storage) designed and built by our very own engineer Robert Baxter. Learn more about Food Frenzy and Food Lifeline’s great work at http://on.fb.me/M5zgIy, and stay tuned for more pictures of MKA’s Food Frenzy events! http://on.fb.me/Pbuxmb
» Food Lifeline’s Food Frenzy at MKA
06.28.2012 — MKA’s soccer team is ready for the summer season. Here they are working towards a 5-1 victory over fellow engineering firm KPFF on June 16. Great playing, everyone! http://on.fb.me/Ma5Pq4
» MKA’s soccer team is ready for the summer season. Here they are worki
06.23.2012 — Seattle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon on June 23 drew many from MKA onto the streets of Seattle. Krzysztof Zaleski, Danny Currit, Amy Haaland, Andy Fry, Janet Ranf, Kristine Svehla-Brown, and Derek Beaman all put in great performances. Particularly impressive was Danny, who placed 50th out of more than 3,000 marathon runners with a time just over 3 hours! Congratulations to all. http://on.fb.me/N4Fnst
» MKA at Seattle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon/Half Marathon
06.14.2012 — We don’t always use concrete and steel when designing structures to withstand earthquakes! We also use marshmallows and skewers, albeit only in VERY controlled situations…http://on.fb.me/NL3jqg
» MKA at the Seattle Science Festival
06.01.2012 — Thanks to the seventeen MKA engineers who volunteered their time to serve as mentors for the 2011-2012 ACE year! http://on.fb.me/Lq2r9J
» MKA serve as mentors for the 2011-2012 ACE year
05.27.2012 — MKA engineers Ben Klingenstein, Ben Enfield, Drew Kirkpatrick, Ryan McKinney, and Mat Johnson competed in a seven-leg, multi-event relay known as the "Ski to Sea Race." The event starts at the top of Mount Baker and ends in Bellingham Bay, and 500 teams competed. The seven events were cross-country skiing (Ben K.), downhill skiing (Ben E.), running, road bicycling, canoeing (Drew), mountain biking (Mat), and sea kayaking (Ryan). Their team finished in just over 9 hours, at 9:08:26. Impressive!
» MKA at the 2012 Ski ti Sea Race
05.01.2012 — MKA’s running group rushed out the door to get a glimpse of Seattle’s long-awaited spring sun...and they almost made it!
» MKA’s Running Group
11.28.2011 — The White House honors the ACE Mentor Program of America with one of eight 2010 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; MKA started the Washington chapter of the ACE program ten years ago
» The White House honors the ACE Mentor Program of America
10.31.2011 — Waldo is found in MKA’s civil engineering department!
» Where’s Waldo
08.20.2011 — "Team MKA" (consisting of employees Andy Fry, Wyatt Henderson, Derek Beaman, Amy Haaland, Adam Theiss, Krzysztof Zaleski, Janet Ranf, and John Hooper) participates in the Covey Run for Seattle Children’s Hospital; MKA employees supported the team with contributions totaling more than $1,200
» "Team MKA" (consisting of employees Andy Fry, Wyatt Henderson
08.14.2011 — Drew Kirkpatrick (MKA engineer) participates in the Lake Stevens Half Ironman, a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, finishing in 6:15:47
» Drew Kirkpatrick (MKA engineer) participates in the Lake Stevens Half Ironm
07.30.2011 — Danny Currit (MKA engineer) is one of 244 participants who completed the White River 50 Mile Endurance Trail Run near Crystal Mountain Ski Resort at Mount Rainier, scaling an 8,700-foot climb in elevation over the 50 miles, and finishing in 09:54
» Danny Currit (MKA engineer) is one of 244 participants who comple
07.25.2011 — The MKA softball team wins first place in its co-rec division, and brings home a towering trophy to show off in the office
» The MKA softball team wins first place in its co-rec division, and brings h
07.22.2011 — Food Lifeline completes another successful Food Frenzy campaign, resulting in $350,000 in revenue raised (7% increase over 2010), 2,900 volunteer hours contributed, 23,000 food items donated, and in total, 1,050,000 meals provided for hungry children; MKA participated in the fund-raising campaign with bake sales, wine raffles, trivia contests, and tournament-style games around the office during July
» Food Lifeline completes another successful Food Frenzy campaign, resulting
06.25.2011 — MKA design engineers Janet Ranf and Adam Theiss finish the Seattle Rock & Roll Half-Marathon race, Adam with a time of 1:38:02 and Janet at 1:58:47
» MKA design engineers Janet Ranf and Adam Theiss finish the Seattl
04.18.2011 — MKA engineer Amy Haaland completes the Boston Marathon in 3:37:53, an average of 8.19 minutes per mile
» MKA engineer Amy Haaland completes the Boston Marathon in 3:37:53, an avera