Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Boston Marathon 2014


  • The Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual continuous marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events, was organized by the Boston Athletic Association in 1897 having been inspired from the success of the first modern-day marathon competition held in 1896 Summer Olympics with 18 runners that competed in the first historical race and John J. McDermott of New York winning with a time record of 2:55:10.
  • The marathon is held every third Monday of April, which is April 21 for 2014, coinciding with the holiday celebration of the Patriot's Day in Maine and Massachusetts that commemorates the famous battles of Lexington and Concord. 
  • In 1972, Nina Kuscsik became the first female winner with a time of 3:10:26 when women were officially allowed to join the marathon although in 1967, a woman named Kathrine Switzer registered as "K. V. Switzer" and successfully ran and finished the race despite having been tried to be ejected by a race official named Jock Semple by ripping off her numbers. Unofficially, Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon in 1966.
  • In 1975, Boston became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division with Robert Hall as the official winner with a time of 2:58:00. Unofficially, the first wheelchair athlete to complete the Boston Marathon on April 20, 1970, was Vietnam veteran Eugene Roberts of Baltimore.. 
  • In the 1980s, professional athletes declined running in the race without cash awards because Boston Marathon was originally a local event but now considered as America's most prestigious marathon attracting worldwide runners and it was historically a free run with a prize of only an olive-woven wreath, but in 1986 the first financial prize was awarded in the 90th Boston Marathon having been sponsored financially by John Hancock Financial Services.
  • In 1996, the Centennial Boston Marathon established a record as the world's largest marathon with 38,708 entrants, 36,748 starters, and 35,868 finishers.
  • In 2002, a Kenyan female runner named Margaret Okayo set the women's Boston Marathon course record with a time of 2:20:43 but it was broken already last April 21, 2014 by a 33-year old Kenyan named Rita Jeptoo with a time of 2:18:57.
  • In 2007, Boston marathon initiated the style of having a staggered wave start wherein a first group of runners started at 10:00 A.M. and a second group starting half an hour later.
  • In 2011, although not officially recognized as "official world record" because the route allows a tailwind, Kenyan male runner Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest time with a record of two hours, three minutes and two seconds (2:03:02).
  • In 2012, 50-year old Rick Hoyt, who has cerebral palsy, and his father 72-year old Dick Hoyt, finished their 30th Boston Marathon together.
  • In 2013, a major disaster happened during the marathon wherein two bombs exploded at 2:50 in the afternoon near the finish line killing three (3) people, of which an eight-year-old boy was included, and injuring more than 260 people. The two explosions happened on Boylston Street close to the finish line with the second bomb exploding just over ten second, 50 to 100 yards away from the first explosion.
  • Boston Marathon is one of six World Marathon Majors that includes Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City marathons. 

Spirit of Camarederie and Sportsmanship. Courtesy of Jennifer Abramowitz.

RESULTS OF THE 118th BOSTON MARATHON HELD ON APRIL 21, 2014:

TOP 12 - MEN
  1. BIB NO. 19, Meb Keflezighi (USA) 02:08:37
  2. BIB NO. 7, Wilson Chebet (KEN) 02:08:48
  3. BIB NO. 11, Frankline Chepkwony (KEN) 02:08:50
  4. BIB NO. 23, Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 02:09:37
  5. BIB NO. 5, Markos Geneti (ETH) 02:09:50
  6. BIB NO. 16, Joel Kimurer (KEN) 02:11:03
  7. BIB NO. 22, Nicholas Arciniaga (USA) 02:11:47
  8. BIB NO. 24, Jeffrey Eggleston (USA) 02:11:57
  9. BIB NO. 15, Paul Lonyangata (KEN) 02:12:34
  10. BIB NO. 14, Adil Annani (MAR) 02:12:43
  11. BIB NO. 28, Josphat Boit (USA) 02:12:52
  12. BIB NO. 29, Craig Leon  (USA) 02:14:28
TOP 12 - WOMEN
  1. BIB NO. F1, Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 02:18:57
  2. BIB NO. F10, Buzunesh Deba (ETH) 02:19:59
  3. BIB NO. F2, Mare Dibaba (ETH) 02:20:35
  4. BIB NO. F3, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (KEN) 02:20:41
  5. BIB NO. F25, Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 02:21:28
  6. BIB NO. F12, Aleksandra Duliba (BLR) 02:21:29
  7. BIB NO. F17, Shalane Flanagan (USA) 02:22:02
  8. BIB NO. F6, Sharon Cherop (KEN) 02:23:00
  9. BIB NO. F15, Philes Ongori (KEN) 02:23:22
  10. BIB NO. F8, Desiree Linden (USA) 02:23:54
  11. BIB NO. F16, Belaynesh Oljira (ETH) 02:24:21
  12. BIB NO. F14, Yeshi Esayias (ETH) 02:27:40
TOP 12 - VISUALLY IMPAIRED (MEN)
  1. BIB NO. 875, Aaron Scheidies (USA) 02:47:46
  2. BIB NO. 2477, Adrian Broca (USA) 02:58:40
  3. BIB NO. 6546, Thomas R. Brand (USA) 03:23:02
  4. BIB NO. 10704, Richard E. Hunter (USA) 03:23:39
  5. BIB NO. 18177, John M. Chan (USA) 03:42:06
  6. BIB NO. 24127, Steve J. Sabra (USA) 03:53:46
  7. BIB NO. 22288, Christopher Lancaster (USA) 03:54:21
  8. BIB NO. 19903, Matthew Turner (USA) 03:57:20
  9. BIB NO. 24960, Jamison Voss (USA) 04:03:59
  10. BIB NO. 13498, Rick Hart (USA) 04:04:34
  11. BIB NO. 24239, Christopher C. Fice (USA) 04:11:13
  12. BIB NO. 24977, Aaron T. Yasuhara (USA) 04:11:34
TOP 12 - VISUALLY IMPAIRED (WOMEN)
  1. BIB NO. 10330, Lisa Thompson (USA) 03:50:23
  2. BIB NO. 23756, Regine M. Sediva (USA) 03:53:54
  3. BIB NO. 21494, Jennifer Herring (USA) 03:55:53
  4. BIB NO. 27161, Colleen M. Burns (USA) 04:18:19
  5. BIB NO. 25215, Norah Broughton (CAN) 04:33:15
  6. BIB NO. 29474, Lauren K. Weeks (USA) 04:46:19
  7. BIB NO. 27379, Dianna L. Aucoin (USA) 04:48:48
  8. BIB NO. 25129, Maya Jonas (CAN) 04:55:35
  9. BIB NO. 24886, Brooke E. Voss (USA) 04:56:38
  10. BIB NO. 24740, Tina Ament (USA) 05:10:28
  11. BIB NO. 25273, Rachel Weeks (USA) 05:24:34
  12. BIB NO. 25278, Rhonda-Marie C. Avery (CAN) 05:26:18
TOP 12 - MOBILITY IMPAIRED (MEN)
  1. BIB NO. 2666, Andrew Bryant (USA) 03:16:38
  2. BIB NO. 8990, Alex Schneider (USA) 03:26:58
  3. BIB NO. 25143, Shane P. James (AUS) 03:59:48
  4. BIB NO. 25190, Nick J. Ryan (AUS) 04:00:47
  5. BIB NO. 24598, Daniel A. Tiernan (USA) 04:37:38
  6. BIB NO. 31766, Edward P. Lychik (USA) 04:44:25
  7. BIB NO. 24497, Jonathan Brunot (USA) 04:46:43
  8. BIB NO. 25270, Meyrick Jones (CAN) 04:52:18
  9. BIB NO. 25311, Cameron Kerr (USA) 04:57:32
  10. BIB NO. 25303, William F. Riggs (USA) 04:58:58
  11. BIB NO. 25288, Anthony Grossi (USA) 05:02:16
  12. BIB NO. 25289, Rick McNeal (USA) 05:20:07
TOP 12 - MOBILITY IMPAIRED (WOMEN)
  1. BIB NO. 21775, Beth Ulibarri (USA) 03:56:23
  2. BIB NO. 24562, Jacqueline Folkert (USA) 04:09:37
  3. BIB NO. 25196, Christine Paul (USA) 04:25:26
  4. BIB NO. 25246, Jennifer Burgess Pevec (CAN) 04:47:58
  5. BIB NO. 25276, Christine L. Wodke (USA) 04:51:39
  6. BIB NO. 25187, Nancy J. Goldstein (USA) 05:10:05
  7. BIB NO. 25255, Wendy E. Garrett (USA) 05:17:59
  8. BIB NO. 25298, Cathy J. Charbonneau (USA) 05:45:48
  9. BIB NO. 25292, Jennifer O. Bressette (USA) 06:01:55
  10. BIB NO. 25306, Sarah Reinertsen (USA) 06:16:46
  11. BIB NO. 28632, Lynn Crisci (USA) 06:16:52
  12. BIB NO. 25404, Kelly Luckett (USA) 06:20:46
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