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Top Army official to start wave three of Boston Marathon

Gen. James C. McConville, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff, at a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on readiness of U.S. forces, Feb. 14, 2018 on Capitol Hill. Officials announced Tuesday, March 26, 2019, that McConville will become the Army’s next chief of staff.

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By JONATHAN PHELPS | MetroWest Daily News | Published: April 13, 2019

HOPKINTON, Mass. (Tribune News Service) — Army Gen. James McConville, who has been nominated to become the next chief of staff of the U.S. Army by President Donald Trump, will start wave three of the Boston Marathon.

"Born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts, it's an honor to support the Boston Marathon," McConville said in a statement. "It's an even bigger honor to be the official starter of wave three. Boston is not just a place with a rich history, it's also an attitude - a winning attitude. The men and women running on April 15th are all winners."

The Hopkinton Marathon Committee picks the starters for waves two through four.

McConville, the 36th vice chief of staff of the Army, ran the 2017 Boston Marathon with his son and Gen. Joseph Dunford, joint chief of staff.

The other starters will be:

• Rosalie Baker-Brown, born and raised in Hopkinton's Woodville section, and who later married Tom Brown, the Hopkinton postmaster and son of George V. Brown, commemorated permanently on the Hopkinton Common as The Starter statue. An accomplished athlete, Baker-Brown was one of the inaugural Hopkinton High Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, who played every sport available to girls at the time — basketball, softball and cheerleading. Baker-Brown, 90, thinks she likely would have run the Boston Marathon if women were allowed during her younger years.

• Bob Champney, a retired principal who has lived in Hopkinton for 43 years, will start wave four. He volunteered on the Hopkinton Marathon Fund Committee, and became a member of the Hopkinton Marathon Committee, then chaired the HMC during the 101st and 102nd Boston Marathons.

The Marathon Committee, which is celebrating its 40th year, has selected the starters since 2006.

"We're happy to be able to honor some people who have been important parts of the history of our town, the Boston Marathon, and the Hopkinton Marathon Committee," said Dorothy Ferriter-Wallace, chairwoman of the HMC. "Hopkinton native Rosalie Baker-Brown and former Marathon Committee Chair Bob Champney are wonderful people who have been a part of Hopkinton's Boston Marathon history and we're honored to have them as starters. With the Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, we've made it a priority to recognize veterans and members of our military. We were thrilled that Gen. McConville will return as one of our starters."

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