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Boston Marathon History: Race Summaries (1897-Present)

The Boston Marathon Through the Ages

From John A. Kelley in 1928, to Bobbi Gibb in 1966; to the 1918 relay challenge, and the wins of Joan Benoit, and Cosmas Ndeti – the Boston Marathon has hosted a virtually endless list of achievers since 1897. For more about the faces and accomplishments from every Boston Marathon, use the navigation on the left.

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.