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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Ashland’s Scott Mindel completed the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday in 2:22:22, the third-fastest time among Massachusetts runners.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/18/2017 - Kathrine Switzer poses for a portrait with members of the B.A.A. following a ceremony held to retire her bib number 261 at Boston Marathon adidas Runbase. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Boston Marathon Reporter:

Kathrine Switzer’s No. 261 Boston Marathon bib is officially retired

The event honored the 50th anniversary of Switzer becoming the first woman to finish the Boston Marathon with a bib number.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - Runners make their way toward the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:

Boston Marathon runners are pretty determined, and the stats prove it

The finishing statistics from Monday’s race reveal some interesting trends, including a 97 percent completion rate.

Denna Laing gets assist in Marathon journey

Former NHL star Bobby Carpenter pushed women’s player who suffered severe spinal cord injury in 2016.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - Julianne Bowe, (C) is carried by two fellow runners down Boylston Street towards the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:

More than 2,000 runners treated as temperatures rose

Temperatures hit 79 in Natick, and more than 2,000 runners received medical treatment.

Hopkinton - Boston, MA - 04/017/17 - Galen Rupp grabs water after the 11 mile mark of the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (various) Topic: ()


Galen Rupp breaks onto Boston scene with a dazzling second

Rupp credited his coach, 1982 champ Alberto Salazar, for preparing him for the course.

Boston-04/17/2017- The Boston Marathon finish line- Kathrine Switzer comes across the finish line. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

Kathrine Switzer finishes Boston Marathon again, 50 years later

Fifty years after the then-race director tried to rip off her bib, Kathrine Switzer finished Monday’s Boston Marathon in 4:44:31.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - American runner Meb Keflezighi kisses the hand of Denise Richard as other members of the Richard family (L-R:) Jane, Henry and Bill reach out to applaud him after he crossed the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. This will be his last competitive Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:


Marathon Day is Boston at its shining best

Inspirational moments and stories are everywhere, as we connect with new friends and reconnect with old ones.

Hopkinton, MA - 4-17-17 - Women elite leave the starting line of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton, MA. on April. 17, 2017. Bill Greene / Globe Staff.


American Jordan Hasay pushes to a third-place finish

Inspired by her late mother, Hasay shattered the record for a US woman in a marathon debut.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - A runner is carried across the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon by fellow marathoners. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:

A struggling runner gets a hand from four fellow marathoners

Two servicemen and two others carried a struggling competitor across the fabled yellow and blue finish line.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/17/2017 - Mens first place runner Geoffrey Kirui crosses the finish line of the 121st Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Marathonpics Reporter:

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Geoffrey Kirui pulls away to take men’s crown

The Kenyan outdistanced American Galen Rupp with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, and 37 seconds.

Women's first-place winner Edna Kiplagat  of Kenya crossed the finish line on Boylston Street.

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Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat ran away with women’s race in Newton hills

Kiplagat posted a time of 2:21:52, almost a full minute ahead of runner-up Rose Chelimo of Bahrain.

Winners of the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon Marcel Hug (left) and Manuela Schar posed with the trophy.

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Marcel Hug, Manuela Schar make wheelchair races a Swiss sweep

Hug (1:18:04) and Schar (1:28:17) set course records in their victories.

Meet the first runner to show up for the Boston Marathon

Shihan Wijeyeratne was the first registered runner to step off a bus and into the athletes village in Hopkinton Monday.

Boston-04/17/2017- The Boston Marathon finish line- The winners,Edna Kiplagat(left) and Abel Kirui hold the trophy at the finish line.(sports)

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Kenyans sweep titles at Boston Marathon

Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui both won in their Boston Marathon debuts.

15 runners barred from Boston Marathon were identified by race sleuth

Before the marathon had even begun, several runners were disqualified.

A runner jumped for joy at the start of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.

2017 Boston Marathon live updates

The elite competitors have finished, but the field at large has flooed streets from the start to the finish.

Apr 20, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Desiree Davila Linden (USA) near the finish line during the 2015 Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports


Desiree Linden sets sights on ending US dry spell

It’s been 32 years since an American has won the Boston Marathon women’s crown.

Boston, Mass-April 12, 2017, Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff- Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray leaves his North Andover home for a meeting with the Mayor at City Hall. He says goodbye to his wife Katie.


Inside the mind of Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray

The Boston Marathon race director handles a Q-and-A session during a ride from North Andover to Boston.

04/14/2017 BOSTON, MA Galen Rupp (cq) was interviewed during an elite athlete media conference for the Boston Marathon held at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


Galen Rupp could be your next American winner in Boston

Rupp, a former 10K specialist, will be running in just his third marathon, but he won bronze at the Rio Games.

Emmanuel Mutai, of Kenya, finishes in second place in the men's division at the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


If Emmanuel Mutai feels that he’s fit, he’ll push the pace hard

Mutai will become the only man to run all six of the planet’s most prominent marathons when he makes his Boston debut.

Boston-4/18/16- The finish line at the Boston Marathon. Womens winner Atsede Baysa holds her trophy. Boston Globe staff Photo by John Tlumacki (sports)


Aiming for a repeat, Atsede Baysa plans to use a different tactic this year

She won Boston last year in come-from-behind fashion, but wants to keep pace better in Monday’s race.

Ben True sets American record en route to BAA 5K win

True finished in 13:20. Buze Diriba outkicked three-time winner Molly Huddle to win the women’s race.

04/14/2017 BOSTON, MA Buzunesh Deba (cq) was interviewed during an elite athlete media conference for the Boston Marathon held at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Buzunesh Deba aiming to finish Marathon with nobody in front

The Ethiopian was awarded the 2014 title when Rita Jeptoo, who crossed the line first, was banned after testing positive for EPO.

04/14/2017 BOSTON, MA Galen Rupp (cq) was interviewed during an elite athlete media conference for the Boston Marathon held at Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)


American Galen Rupp feeling fit for Marathon

A foot injury has slowed him this year, but he is pain-free and ready for the challenge.

A cyclist rides over the newly applied Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston St., Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Boston. The finish line is made from an adhesive decal that covers a painted version that is left in place throughout the year. The 121st Boston Marathon is to be run Monday, April 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

It’s time to visualize the Boston Marathon homestretch

It’s important for runners to think about how they’ll manage the final mile before they get there.

The finish line on Boylston Street.

Rachel G. Bowers

Who are the Boston Marathoners, and where do they come from?

More than 30,000 runners are registered, and they come from all 50 states and 95 countries.

What are elite runners wearing in the Boston Marathon?

Galen Rupp will be in Nikes, while Desiree Linden will wear Brooks. Here’s the full breakdown.

Kenya's Wilson Kipsang (1), second left, leads the pack of his fellow countrymen, Solomon Deksisa of Ethiopia (15), Gideon Kipketer (12) and Dickson Chumba (2), as they run past the turn near the halfway point during the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Kipsang led a Kenyan sweep of the podium at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday. Kipsang, the London Olympic bronze medalist, had a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 58 seconds, a meet record. Kepketer was second and Chumba was third. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)


Nike and Adidas are racing each other toward a sub-2 hour marathon

The shoe giants are developing efficient designs they believe can get a runner to the magic number first.

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Me and my running shoes

A runner’s most basic piece of equipment can be a source of obsession, experimentation, and everything in between.

Boston, MA - 3/22/2017 - Running shoes worn by 1926 and 1929 Boston Marathon winner Johnny Miles sit in a conference room at the Boston Athletic Association's offices in Boston, MA, March 22, 2017. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

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Could you run a marathon in these shoes?

Someone did wear these at the Boston Marathon – twice, actually – and also won. Running shoes have evolved quite a bit over the years.

APRIL 16, 2007: NEWTON, MA: Taking a break from the Boston Marathon to get married at the top of Heartbreak Hill, Pattiann McAdams (left) and Aaron Russell arrive for the ceremony. They are from New York City. After the ceremony, they continued the race. GLOBE STAFF PHOTO/JOHN BLANDING STORY/SPORTS (also for Ralph Ranalli/ / OUTTAKe 0508

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This couple is really wedded to the Boston Marathon

10 years after being married during the race on Heartbreak Hill, they return for their anniversary.

When Jock Semple tried to rip off Kathrine Switzer’s bib, the top right corner got ripp

Where is Kathrine Switzer’s 261 bib from the 1967 Boston Marathon?

Switzer will again wear the number in Monday’s running of the Boston Marathon.

Kathrine Switzer began training for the 121st Boston Marathon about 18 months ago.

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Kathrine Switzer is running Boston again, on the same principles

Fifty years after she made history as the first woman to finish the Marathon with a bib number, Switzer is leading the effort to empower female athletes.

Handcyclists took off from Hopkinton during the 2013 Marathon.

BAA vows to be more welcoming to handcyclists

The CEO of the organization behind the Marathon also said he was sorry for past comments he made.

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

What it means to be a charity runner

In addition to helping a cause, running for charity also has a profound impact on those who take on the challenge.

Ashley McNiff (left) and Vanessa Marcotte are shown in an undated photo at road race. Marcotte, 27, was killed while running running in rural Princeton. McNiff is running the 2017 Boston Marathon in her honor. (Photo courtesy Ashley McNiff)


The real dangers of running while female

Ashley McNiff is determined not to let other women give in to their fears.

Jared Ward was third at last year’s Olympics trials.

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How analytics help Jared Ward be a better marathoner

Ward, a BYU professor who was sixth at the Olympics, will run his first Boston Marathon next week.

Boston Marathon elites to join One Boston Day shoe drive

A group of elite runners in the 2017 Boston Marathon will participate in a shoe drive in conjunction with One Boston Day.

04/18/2016 -Boston, MA- Patrick Downse (sp?) crosses the finish line at the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston, MA on April 18, 2016. More than 30,000 participants registered for the 2016 Boston Marathon, the third largest field in the race history. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Sports reporter:

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

Don’t have a great Boston Marathon. Make a great marathon

Taking a proactive approach to the race will allow you to envision exactly how a good outcome is possible.

Why bib No. 261 at the Boston Marathon is so significant

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman with an official number to run the race — despite physical attempts to stop her.

March 21, 2017 - James Gallagher, President of the One Fund, speaks in front of banners that will be installed in Boston ahead of the 2017 Boston Marathon. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Sports. Slug: BAA banners.

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

Anxious about Boston? That can be turned into motivation

As you train, you’ll realize that doubt can be a good thing if you channel it the right way.

FILE - In this April 26, 2016, file photo, New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul smiles as he talks to reporters after an NFL football minicamp practice in East Rutherford, N.J. Star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has signed a four-year contract with the New York Giants. The team gave Pierre-Paul the franchise tag last month, and reached the long-term deal Friday, March 17, 2017.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

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Giants re-sign DE Jason Pierre-Paul to 4-year, $68m deal

Two-time Pro Bowler showed team his right hand was fully healed from July 4 fireworks accident two years ago.

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: First place winner and new world record holder Dennis Kimetto of Kenya poses on the podium after the 41th BMW Berlin Marathon on September 28, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

World record-holder withdraws from 2017 Boston Marathon

Dennis Kimetto was injured while training for the April 17 event.

Apr 20, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Sean Beaty of Charlotte, NC reacts after finishing the 119th Boston Marathon. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

Boston Marathon weather is usually good, but be ready for a curveball

As we saw this week, the weather can disrupt your training, but that can be a good thing.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Runners near the finish line on Boylston Street during the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Ty Velde | Marathon Training

Here’s the challenge: Embrace your training obstacles

How you deal with the things that aren’t scripted in your training plan is a key part of reaching the finish line.