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Boston Marathon History: 2011-Present

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Men's winner, Geoffrey Mutai, from Kenya, ran the world's fastest marathon in 2:03:02. Moses Mosop finished his debut in the marathon distance in a time of 2:03:06, the next fastest time in marathon history. Caroline Kilel, of Kenya, and Desiree Davila, of the United States, exchanged surges on Boylston Street with Kilel emerging as the winner by two seconds, with a time of 2:22:36. Now, over the previous four years, the women’s race has been decided by a combined eight seconds. Wakako Tsuchida of Japan won her fifth consecutive title in the women’s wheelchair division with her world’s fastest performance of 1:34:06. Her time beat Jean Driscoll’s mark of 1:34:22, which she established in 1994. Masazumi Soejima won his second Boston Marathon in a time of 1:18:50, finishing one second better than Australian Kurt Fearnley and Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, who finished second and third, respectively. Sponsored by John Hancock Financial, more than $806,000 in prize money was awarded by the B.A.A. to the top finishers. In addition to their first place prize money earnings, men’s champion, Geoffrey Mutai and women’s wheelchair division champion, Wakako Tsuchida received a combined $92,500 in bonus awards for their respective world’s fastest performances. The 24 Boston Marathon Official Charities, through runners in the 115th Boston Marathon, combined to raise more than $10.2 million. Together with principal sponsor John Hancock Financial’s Non-Profit bib program, the total amount of funds raised was $15.5 million.


To go along with the theme of the day, the 116th running of the Boston Marathon was certainly a hotly contested battle between some of Kenya’s best. In the men’s race, it came down to the last few miles, with Wesley Korir pulling away from Levy Matebo to win in 2:12:40 to 2:13:06; the fourth slowest winning time in the past 35 years. The women’s race was not to be outdone in last gasp moments as well, with Kenya’s Sharon Cherop bursting ahead just after the turn onto Boylston Street to take home the victory in 2:31:50; the seventh slowest time in the past 35 years. Second place went to Kenya’s Jemima Jelagat Sumgong in 2:31:52. In the last five years, the women’s race has been decided by a combined time of ten seconds. The heat did not slow everyone down, as Canada’s Joshua Cassidy not only dominated the wheelchair competition, but also broke Ernst Van Dyk’s course record with a time of 1:18:25. Australian Kurt Fearnly had to once again settle for runner-up placing with his time of 1:21:39. The women’s wheelchair race was similar to the women’s open race, with Arizona’s Shirley Reilly just outlasting defending champion Wakako Tsuchida, 1:37:36 to 1:37:37. Through John Hancock Financial’s sponsorship for the 27th year, more than $813,000 in prize money was awarded by the B.A.A. to the top finishers, including the course record bonus presented to Joshua Cassidy. The Boston Marathon Charity Program, now in its 24th year of enabling selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes, together with the 31 current participating charities, raised more than $11 million.


It was a glorious day to run, with temperatures in the 50s and minimal winds. The men’s field chose to approach the first half of the race more tactically than the conditions offered. However, it was Kenya’s Micah Kogo, Ethiopia’s Gebre Gebremariam, and his countryman Lelisa Desisa who eventually emerged as contenders. Gebremariam tried to make a break in the final mile, but Desisa was more than ready. He accelerated into an overdrive that his combatants simply could not match. At the line, the time of 2:10:22 was reflective of the early cautionary tactics; but, it also revealed a dominating five second margin over the second placed Kogo and six over Gebremariam in third. On the women’s side, several newcomers to Boston took a chance to run away with the race in the early miles. But it was a familiar face that ultimately came out on top. Returning to the site of her 2006 victory, Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo turned onto the final stretch with a comfortable lead. Jeptoo’s winning time of 2:26:25 was 33 seconds ahead of runner-up Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia. 2012 champion Sharon Cherop (KEN) was third, in 2:27:01. The men’s wheelchair was one for the ages, as Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto won over nine-time champion Ernst Van Dyk (RSA), 1:25:32 to 1:27:12. Yamamoto, 46, became the oldest champion in Boston Marathon history. On the women’s side, Tatyana McFadden (USA) slowly pulled away from Sandra Graf (SUI) on the hills in Newton, breaking the tape at 1:45:25. Graf finished second in 1:46:54. Through John Hancock Financial’s sponsorship for the 28th year, more than $805,000 in prize money was awarded by the B.A.A. to the top finishers.

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B.A.A. Moment 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules.