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Results & Commentary: 1998 Results

Mayor’s Cup Results and Summary 1998

October 25, 1998 - With the partnership of B.A.A. and adidas as the meet’s presenting sponsors for the second year, on an unseasonably warm fall day (75 degrees), the men’s race came down to a 200-meter sprint between Sammy Nyamongo and Francis Kirwa, both Kenyans attending Life University.

Kirwa held on for the victory in 23:13, and Nyamongo finished second, posting an identical time to Kirwa (23:13). Chan Pons was third in 23:19. In the team competition, Reebok Enclave was victorious with 36 points. Life University, despite Kirwa and Nyamongo’s first and second place finishes, settled for second with 42 points.

In the women’s race, Lesley Lehane, of the Boston Athletic Association, cruised to a first place finish in 16:37. Miesha Marzell took second in 16:44 and Irishwoman Rosemary Ryan, formerly of Boston University and representing the B.A.A, placed third (16:47). Led by Lehane and Ryan, the B.A.A. easily won the women’s team competition with 33 points. ASICS Club East was second with 55 points.

The B.A.A. and adidas sponsored the meet for the second year. There were 207 male, 111 female, and 168 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.