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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 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.