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Boston Marathon History: Course Records

Records by Division

COURSE RECORDS: MEN 

DivisionTimeNameCITIZENSHIPDate
Open 2:03:02 Geoffrey Mutai KEN 18 APR 2011
Masters 2:11:04 John Campbell NZL 16 APR 1990
Veterans 2:24:05 John Weston CAN 18 APR 1983
Seniors 2:43:56 Clive Davies USA/OR 20 APR 1981
Wheelchair 1:18:25 Joshua Cassidy CAN 16 APR 2012

 

COURSE RECORDS: WOMEN

DivisionTimeNameCITIZENSHIPDate
Open 2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo KEN 21 APR 2014
Masters 2:27:58 Firaya Sultanova RUS 15 APR 2002
Veterans 2:51:29 Joan Samuelson USA/ME 18 APR 2011
Seniors 3:11:57 Barbara Miller USA/CA 17 APR 2000
Wheelchair 1:34:06 Wakako Tsuchida JPN 18 APR 2011

 

COURSE RECORD HISTORY: MEN

TimeCourse DistanceYearsNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:18:10 24.5 miles 1897-1923 Clarence DeMar USA/MA 19 APR 1922
2:25:40 26 miles, 209 yards 1924-1926 John C. Miles CAN 19 APR 1926
Course found to be 176 Yards short
2:25:39 26 miles, 385 yards 1927-1950 Yun Bok Suh KOR 19 APR 1947
2:14:14 25 miles, 1,232 yards 1951-1956 Antti Viskari FIN 19 APR 1956
Course found to be 1,183 yards short due to road construction
2:18:58 26 miles, 385 yards 1957-1964 Aurele Vandendriessche BEL 19 APR 1963
Last race to finish on Exeter Street
2:08:52 26 miles, 385 yards 1965-1985 Alberto Salazar USA/MA 19 APR 1982
Starting line moved back 389 yards to accommodate finish
2:03:02 26 miles, 385 yards 2011-present Geoffrey Mutai KEN 18 APR 2011

 

COURSE RECORD HISTORY: WOMEN

TimeCourse DistanceYearsNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:22:43 26 miles, 385 yards 1972-1985 Joan Benoit USA/MA 18 APR 1983
Race finish in front of Prudential Building
2:21:45 26 miles, 385 yards 1986-2001 Uta Pippig GER 18 APR 1994
2:20:43 26 miles, 385 yards 2002-2013 Margaret Okayo KEN 15 APR 2002
2:18:57 26 miles, 385 yards 2014-present Rita Jeptoo KEN 21 APR 2014

 

PROGRESSION OF COURSE RECORDS: MEN (1927 - PRESENT)

TimeNameCITIZENSHIPDatePerformance Status
2:40:22 Clarence H. DeMar USA/MA 19 APR 1927
2:37:07 Clarence H. DeMar USA/MA 19 APR 1928
2:33:08 Johnny Miles CAN 19 APR 1929
2:31:01 Leslie S. Pawson USA/RI 19 APR 1933
2:28:51 Ellison M. Brown USA/RI 19 APR 1939
2:28:28 Gerard Cote CAN 19 APR 1940
2:26:51 Bernard Joseph Smith USA/MA 19 APR 1942
2:25:39 Yun Bok Suh KOR 19 APR 1947 World Best
2:20:05 John J. Kelley USA/CT 19 APR 1957
2:18:58 Aurele Vandendriessche BEL 19 APR 1963
2:16:33 Morio Shigematsu JPN 19 APR 1965
2:15:45 David C. McKenzie NZL 19 APR 1967
2:13:49 Yoshiaki Unetani JPN 21 APR 1969
2:10:30 Ron Hill GBR 20 APR 1970
2:09:55 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 21 APR 1975 American Best
2:09:27 Bill Rodgers USA/MA 16 APR 1979 American Best
2:09:26 Toshihiko Seko JPN 20 APR 1981
2:08:52 Alberto Salazar USA/MA 19 APR 1982 American Best
2:07:51 Robert de Castella AUS 21 APR 1986
2:07:15 Cosmas Ndeti KEN 18 APR 1994
2:07:14 Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot KEN 17 APR 2006
2:05:52 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot KEN 19 APR 2010
2:03:02 Geoffrey Mutai KEN 18 APR 2011 World Best

 

PROGRESSION OF COURSE RECORDS: WOMEN (1972 - PRESENT)

TimeNameCITIZENSHIPDatePerformance Status
3:21:40 Roberta Gibb USA/MA 19 APR 1966 Unofficial Era
3:05:07 Sara Mae Berman USA/MA 20 APR 1970 Unofficial Era
3:10:26 Nina Kuscsik USA/NY 17 APR 1972
3:05:59 Jacqueline A. Hansen USA/CA 16 APR 1973
2:47:11 Michiko Gorman USA/CA 15 APR 1974
2:42:24 Liane Winter GER 21 APR 1975 World Best
2:35:15 Joan Benoit USA/ME 16 APR 1979
2:34:28 Jacqueline Gareau CAN 21 APR 1980
2:26:46 Allison Roe NZL 20 APR 1981
2:22:43 Joan Benoit USA/MA 18 APR 1983 World Best
2:21:45 Uta Pippig GER 18 APR 1994
2:20:43 Margaret Okayo KEN 15 APR 2002
2:18:57 Rita Jeptoo KEN 21 APR 2014

 

WORLD RECORDS ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON MARATHON: MEN (1897-PRESENT)

TitleNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:25:39 Yun Bok Suh KOR 19 APR 1947

WORLD RECORDS ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON MARATHON: WOMEN (1972-PRESENT)

TitleNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:42:24 Liane Winter GER 21 APR 1975
2:22:43 Joan Benoit USA/MA 18 APR 1983

WORLD RECORDS ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON MARATHON: MEN MASTERS (1975-PRESENT)

TitleNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:11:04 John Campbell NZL 16 APR 1990

WORLD RECORDS ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON MARATHON: MEN'S PUSH-RIM WHEELCHAIR (1975-PRESENT)

TitleNameCITIZENSHIPDate
2:40:10 Robert Hall USA/MA 18 APR 1977
1:55:00 Curt Brinkman USA/UT 21 APR 1980
1:51:31 Jim Knaub USA/CA 15 APR 1982
1:47:10 Jim Knaub USA/CA 18 APR 1983
1:45:34 George Murray USA/FL 15 APR 1985
1:43:25 Andre Viger CAN 21 APR 1986
1:43:19 Mustapha Badid FRA 18 APR 1988
1:36:04 Philippe Couprie FRA 17 APR 1989
1:29:53 Mustapha Badid FRA 16 APR 1990
1:26:28 Jim Knaub USA/CA 20 APR 1992
1:22:17 Jim Knaub USA/CA 19 APR 1993
1:21:23 Heinz Frei SUI 18 APR 1994
1:18:27 Ernst Van Dyk RSA 19 APR 2004
1:18:25 Joshua Cassidy CAN 16 APR 2012

WORLD RECORDS ESTABLISHED AT BOSTON MARATHON: WOMEN'S PUSH-RIM WHEELCHAIR (1975-PRESENT) 

TitleNameCITIZENSHIPDate
3:27:56 Sheryl Bair USA/CA 16 APR 1979
2:12:43 Candace Cable-Brookes USA/NV 15 APR 1982
2:05:26 Candace Cable-Brookes USA/CA 15 APR 1985
1:50:06 Connie Hansen DEN 17 APR 1989
1:43:17 Jean Driscoll USA/IL 16 APR 1990
1:42:42 Jean Driscoll USA/IL 15 APR 1991
1:36:52 Jean Driscoll USA/IL 20 APR 1992
1:34:50 Jean Driscoll USA/IL 19 APR 1993
1:34:22 Jean Driscoll USA/IL 18 APR 1994
1:34:06 Wakako Tsuchida JPN 18 APR 2011

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.