Boston Marathon

World record anywhere but Boston Marathon

Let the record show that Boston’s ups and downs are unparalleled

Geoffrey Mutai can’t quite explain how he can run 26 miles faster than any man ever has and not be the world record-holder. “Most of the people want to know why it was not recognized, because it was 42 kilometers,’’ says the 30-year-old Kenyan, whose clocking of 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds in last year’s Boston Marathon carved nearly a minute off Haile Gebrselassie’s global mark. “Even me, I don’t know.’’

Though the essence of the iconic Hopkinton-to-Boston layout is the same as it was in 1897, the course doesn’t conform to international track-and-field federation standards. So Mutai’s historic performance doesn’t appear on the IAAF lists or in its biography of him and is considered only a “world-best.’’

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