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Boston Marathon History: 1911-1915

15th Boston Marathon - Wednesday, April 19, 1911

Clarence H. DeMar, competing against the wishes of doctors who told him not to run due to a heart murmur, won with a superb 2:21:39 performance. This was the first of DeMar’s seven Boston wins. However, heeding medical advice, he would not compete again until 1917. DeMar trailed Festus Madden by 250 yards, before pulling even through the hills and taking control at Newton Centre.

1. Clarence H. DeMar (MA) 2:21:39
2. Festus Madden (MA) 2:24:31
3. Edouard Fabre (CAN) 2:29:22
4. Robert A. Fowler (MA) 2:29:31
5. Richard F. Piggott (MA) 2:30:45
6. Daniel Sheridan (VT) 2:31:44
7. Albert Harrop (MA) 2:32:31
8. William Galvin (NY) 2:33:10
9. Michael J. Ryan (NY) 2:36:15
10. Joseph M. Lorden (MA) 2:36:33


16th Boston Marathon - Friday, April 19, 1912

U.S. Olympian Michael J. Ryan of New York ran through a mud- and slush-soaked course to finish first in 2:21:18. Ryan was content to let Yale freshman Johnny Gallagher set the early pace. As Gallagher tired near Cleveland Circle, Andrew Sockalexis, a young Native American runner from Old Town, Maine, took over the lead. Ryan caught Sockalexis two miles from the finish and won by 34 seconds.

1. Michael J. Ryan (NY) 2:21:18
2. Andrew Sockalexis (ME) 2:21:52
3. Festus Madden (MA) 2:23:24
4. Thomas H. Lilley (MA) 2:23:50
5. Fritz Carlson (MN) 2:26:07
6. Harry Jensen (NY) 2:25:50
7. Richard F. Piggott (MA) 2:26:07
8. Edouard Fabre (CAN) 2:26:23
9. William Galvin (NY) 2:26:50
10. Harry Smith (NY) 2:27:46


17th Boston Marathon - Saturday, April 19, 1913

For the second consecutive year, the “Maine Indian” Andrew Sockalexis was the runner-up. Knowing that he had raced too hard in the early going the previous year, Sockalexis let Swedish-born Fritz Carlson set the early pace. Carlson was four minutes ahead of Sockalexis with four miles remaining when the runners hit Cleveland Circle. Carlson held off a valiant rush by Sockalexis over the final few miles to win the race in 2:25:14.

1. Fritz Carlson (MN) 2:25:14
2. Andrew Sockalexis (ME) 2:27:12
3. Harry Smith (NY) 2:19:36
4. George F. McInerney (PA) 2:28:33
5. Edouard Fabre (CAN) 2:31:51
6. John Stack (NY) 2:33:04
7. Joseph M. Lorden (MA) 2:33:46
8. William D. Brown (MA) 2:34:00
9. George Gaskill (MA) 2:35:42
10. Anastas K. Sturgis (MA) 2:36:13


18th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 20, 1914

The Canadians were again on top as James Duffy from Hamilton, Ontario, defeated countryman Edouard Fabre from Montreal by just 60 yards in 2:25:01. On an overcast and humid day, Fabre wrested the lead from Finnish-born New Yorker Willie Kyronen on what would become known as Heartbreak Hill leading to Boston College. Duffy slowly closed in on Fabre, and the lead changed four times on Beacon Street before Duffy pulled away for the narrow victory.

1. James Duffy (CAN) 2:25:01
2. Edouard Fabre (CAN) 2:25:16
3. Joseph M. Lorden (MA) 2:28:42
4. Walter Bell (CAN) 2:30:37
5. Arthur V. Roth (MA) 2:31:08
6. Willie Kyronen (NY) 2:34:38
7. George F. McInerney (PA) 2:35:56
8. Fritz Carlson (MN) 2:37:19
9. Thomas H. Lilley (MA) 2:38:53
10. Festus Madden (MA) 2:38:57


19th Boston Marathon - Monday, April 19, 1915

On another unseasonably warm day, French-Canadian Edouard Fabre overcame the 84-degree temperature to win in 2:31:41. With one-third of the starters dropping out, Fabre, who finished second the year before, ran behind the lead runners in the early going and did not take the lead until Kenmore Square, one mile from the finish. Fabre passed Cliff Horne, a Haverhill, Massachusetts, resident who had taken over the lead with just 2.3 miles remaining. Horne began to tire from the effects of the intense heat, and Fabre ran past him for the victory.

1. Edouard Fabre (CAN) 2:31:41
2. Clifton G. Horne (MA) 2:33:01
3. Sidney H. Hatch (IL) 2:35:47
4. Hugh Honohan (NY) 2:37:02
5. Edward L. Byrne (NY) 2:37:15
6. George F. McInerney (PA) 2:38:14
7. Percy Wyer (NY) 2:45:16
8. Fred Travalena (NY) 2:46:58
9. John M. Mullen (NY) 2:50:02
10. Alfred G. Horne (MA) 2:51:36


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1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.