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HELENA — In the chill and rain, among 30,251 entrants, 17 men and 20 women from Montana ran in the 2015 Boston Marathon. 

Gov. Steve Bullock was among the racers, finishing in 3:40:44 and placing 9,231st among men. 

The fastest men's time went to Kalvin Tucker, 27 of Bozeman. Tucker finished in 2:50:55 and placed 992nd among men. The fastest women's time went to 27-year old Christi O'Connor of Great Falls. O'Connor finished in 3:14:28 and was 650th among women. 

The oldest Montanan in the race, 68-year old John Duffield from Missoula, crossed the finish line in 3:29:47. Among men, he finished 7,676. The oldest female racer from Montana, Ann Carlson, 55, from Missoula, ran the race in 4:22:35, finishing 9,534th among women. 

Billings resident Cecil Pegram, 67, finished in 4:22:24 and came in 12,605th place. Pegram's 27-year old daughter Helen, also representing Billings, was 1,478 among women with a 3:23:47 time. Former Montana State Billings track and field runner Mary Owen finished in 3:27:379 and was 2,020 overall among women. Amy McLain, a 27-year old running out of Billings, finished in 3:46:34 and was 5,450 overall among women.

While Bullock was in Boston on Sunday and Monday to run the marathon, he stayed in touch with his staff over the Legislature’s home-stretch budget negotiations, his office said Monday.

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Dave Parker, the governor’s press secretary, said Bullock communicated with staff via text message and telephone calls when he wasn’t running the 26.2-mile race Monday.

Bullock flew to Boston on Sunday and planned to fly back to Helena on Monday evening. His office said he would be at work Tuesday, as the 2015 Legislature enters what could be its final days this week.

While he was out of the office Sunday and Monday, members of his administration took part in negotiations with key lawmakers on the final pieces of the state budget and related bills, as they try to wrap up the session, and relayed information to the governor, Parker said.

Parker said Bullock may become involved in face-to-face negotiations as the Legislature draws closer to its finish.

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