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Event Information

119th Boston Marathon on April 20, 2015

 

DISTANCE: 26 miles, 385 yards (42.195 Kilometers)

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

COURSE RECORDS

  • Men's Open: Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya), 2:03:02, 2011
  • Women's Open: Rita Jeptoo (Kenya), 2:18:57, 2014
  • Men's Masters: John Campbell (New Zealand), 2:11:04, 1990
  • Women's Masters: Firaya Sultanova-Zhdanova (Russia), 2:27:58, 2002
  • Men's Wheelchair: Joshua Cassidy (Canada), 1:18:25, 2012
  • Women's Wheelchair: Wakako Tsuchida (United States), 1:34:06, 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.