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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 6

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. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).