Former Wilton resident and 1997 Wilton High School graduate Jaime Foster was one of more than 50,000 finishers of the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Foster finished the 26-mile-long marathon through all five New York City boroughs in three hours, 36 minutes and nine seconds.

Foster said she decided to participate in the NYC Marathon for the first time this year after regretting not doing so in the past.

“I felt like every year on Marathon Day, I regretted that I wasn’t in it,” she said, “so I decided, after participating in the Poland Spring Marathon Kick-off Run last November, that I would shoot for the NYC Marathon in 2017.”

Foster said the NYC Marathon was “very difficult,” but also “really rewarding.”

“I started experiencing muscle cramping around mile 15, which hadn’t happened during any of my training so I had to mentally adjust to focusing on having a strong finish and not worry so much about my time,” she said.

When she crossed the finish line, Foster said, she felt “a huge sense of relief,” as well as excitement to celebrate with family and friends.

“I was really proud of myself for pushing through despite all of the unexpected challenges of the day,” she said.

Foster, who started running as a Wilton Warrior in high school, said she “felt like a warrior” on Marathon Day.

Foster was a member of Wilton High School’s cross-country team. She now lives in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and teaches first grade.

TCS New York City Marathon information: tcsnycmarathon.org.