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Results & Commentary: 1997 Results

Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 1997

October 26, 1997 - Boston Athletic Association and adidas began sponsorship of the Mayor’s Cup, elevating the meet’s profile within Boston Parks and Recreation’s schedule of events.

Five years after her first Mayor's Cup victory in 1992, Kathy Franey convincingly won this year’s race, running a wire-to-wire victory and crossing the finish line with a time of 16:22. Franey, representing Nike International, set the meet record that stood until 2008. Marie McMahon, formerly of Providence College, finished second in 16:42. Former Princeton University All-American Kristin Beaney, of ASICS, finished one second later in 16:43 for third place.

In the women’s team competition, Pennsylvania-based ASICS Club East claimed first place (1:29:36) with a twenty-one second margin of victory over the Central Mass Striders (1:29:57).

Men’s defending champion, Silah Misoi, of Life University, retained his title, finishing first in 22:53. Misoi’s time established the Mayor’s Cup meet record that still stands. Olympic steeplechaser Robert Gary, representing Nike, finished second in 23:04. Sammy Nyamongo, also of Life University, placed third in 23:12.

Team New Balance (1:57:46) won the men’s team competition, defeating runner-up Life University (1:57:56) by ten seconds. There were 246 male finishers, and 124 female finishers, and 123 youth finishers.

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B.A.A. Moment 1

1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.