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Shalane Flanagan ran the Boston Marathon a day after running Chicago — and she’s not done yet

Shalane Flanagan (right) crosses the finish line on Monday.Maddie Malhotra/Getty

For most people, running the Boston Marathon is enough.

For Shalane Flanagan? That’s hardly a challenge.

The 40-year-old Marblehead native retired from competitive running in 2019, but returned to marathoning this year in an attempt to run all six World Marathon Majors. And she is trying to do it in 43 days.

On Monday, she knocked another off her list — just 24 hours one.

After finishing Sunday’s Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 46 minutes, 39 seconds, Flanagan immediately flew back to her home state to run Boston.

Better yet? She finished even faster — 2 hours, 40 minutes, 34 seconds — in her hometown race.


Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon winner and 2008 Olympic 10,000-meter silver medalist, set a goal of running all six marathons in under three hours.

She’s well on her way. She finished Berlin on Sept. 26 in 2:38:32, and London on Oct. 3 in 2:35:04.

With Chicago and Boston done, Flanagan has two left: Tokyo, which she’ll run as a virtual event in Oregon, and the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7.

But on Monday, it was all about Boston.

“Today, I am home,” she wrote on Instagram. “Back in the very place that raised me. Back to the streets where I watched my father run the Boston Marathon as a little girl. Back to where running changed my life.”

Katie McInerney can be reached at Follow her @k8tmac.