Latest Boston Marathon headlines

Roger Bannister broke through a mystical barrier when he crossed the finish line in 3:59.4 in Oxford, England, in 1954.

Roger Bannister, 88, first runner to break 4-minute mile

Dr. Bannister’s milestone run, in 1954, was celebrated in his native Britain.

slider: Boston-04/17/2017- The Boston Marathon finish line- The winners,Edna Kiplagat(left) and Geoffrey Kirui hold the trophy at the finish line. John Tlumacki/Globe staff(sports)

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Six previous champs among elite field for 2018 Boston Marathon

The elite field includes 17 top US runners the will be among the men’s and women’s international group that includes 23 Olympians.

The author finishes his run and avoids traffic in Iten, Kenya.

Getting up to speed in the Kenyan village of Iten

Iten, Kenya, is 215 miles northwest of Nairobi, overlooking a vast green quilt of farmland and forest below.

Here are the 2018 Boston Marathon jackets

The Boston Marathon just unveiled its “Celebration Jackets” for the 2018 race in April. The iconic jackets are orange for 2018.

12/12/2017 BOSTON, MA Elite runner Shalane Flanagan (cq) (center) goes on a training run with John Hancock employees on the Esplanade in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

Barbara Matson

Shalane Flanagan just had to give Boston another try

She is 36 and coming off her greatest win, but she feels she has unfinished business, so it’s not time to retire.

Shalane Flanagan of the United States poses for pictures after crossing the finish line first in the women's division of the New York City Marathon in New York, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan headlines American field for 2018 Boston Marathon

The Marblehead native won the New York City Marathon in November, and has decided to give Boston another run.

Edna Kiplagat (left) and Geoffrey Kirui celebrated after winning the Boston Marathon in 2017.

Defending champions Kiplagat, Kirui to run Boston Marathon

Edna Kiplagat won the women’s race in 2:21:52 last year, while Geoffrey Kirui became the first Kenyan to win men’s title since 2012.

New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan greeted Elise Rowland, 8, of Marblehead, at the end of a 1-mile kids’ run Saturday in her hometown of Marblehead.

After N.Y. victory, will Shalane Flanagan make one more attempt to win Boston?

The Marblehead runner hinted at retirement, then won the New York Marathon in historic fashion. Now the question is: Will she run Boston one last time?

Shalane Flanagan of Marblehead crossed the finish line to win the Professional Women's Divisions of the New York City Marathon Sunday.

Shalane Flanagan won the NYC marathon, then went back that night to cheer on stragglers

After winning the New York marathon, Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan returned to the finish line to hand out medals.

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan celebrated her win at Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan makes history in NYC

Flanagan, 36, became the first US woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977, in what may have been her last race.

Kenyans Daniel Salel, Joan Chelimo sweep BAA Half Marathon

A pair of 26-year-olds posted convincing victories Sunday in Boston.

Newton, MA- April 17, 2017: Runners begin their climb up Heartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, MA, on April 17, 2017. It is the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, a 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Copley Square. (Globe staff photo / ) section: metro reporter

Here’s how fast you had to run to qualify for the 2018 Boston Marathon

Runners needed to be 3 minutes 23 seconds faster than the qualifying standard for their age group and gender to get into the 2018 Boston Marathon.

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Bill Griffith

Just like that, 40 years of pounding the pavement ended

Somehow, I thought those running days would go on forever.

Boston Ma 9/15/17 Runners start take off on the first of 116 laps in the Inaugural Fenway Park Marathon managed by DMSE Sports to benefit the Red Sox Foundation. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


At Fenway Park, they took 116 trips around the bases

The marathon was billed as the first race of its kind to take place inside a ballpark.

Boston-07/15/2017-Dave McGillivray runs along the warning track of Fenway Park as he checked out the course for a September 15th 2017 marathon fundraiser to be held inside the ballpark. It will be the first time a marathon will be held inside a major league ball field. He has dozens of runners already signed up for the event. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

Fenway Park marathon set up as an inside-the-park home run

Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon, will be among 50 runners participating Friday.

Wang Le on Friday trained at Longtanhu Park in Beijing for the Beijing marathon. Wang, a Beijing running app developer, has ran Boston four times.

As running booms in China, marathoners look to Boston

Running is booming in China with the growth of a consumer class, and the Boston Marathon serves as an inspiration.

Randolph, MA - 8/29/2017 - Boston EMS and other public officials during a walk by at tonight's wake for Wake for Boston EMS Captain Robert Haley at Cartwright Funeral Home in Randolph. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Metro, Reporter: Unknown, Topic: 30EMS, LOID: 8.3.3573017295.

Coworkers, city officials say farewell to Robert Haley

Haley, a longtime emergency medical technician, coordinated the EMS response to the 2013 Marathon bombings.

In this Friday, April 15, 2016 photo, Shalane Flanagan speaks with a reporter during a media availability prior to the 120th running of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Fifty years after Bobbi Gibb sneaked into the Boston Marathon wearing her brother's Bermuda shorts and a hoodie covering her long hair, the race celebrates a half-century of women who broke barriers and the finish-line tape. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Shalane Flanagan gets medal upgrade from 2008 Olympics

The Marblehead runner was moved up to silver from bronze in the 10,000-meter run after a runner’s failed drug test.

08/08/04--WOODS HOLE--Runners compete in the Falmouth Road Race as they pass Nobska Light Sunday in Woods Hole. GLOBE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN BOHN. Library Tag 08092004 Sports


Stephen Sambu, Caroline Chepkoech look to defend Falmouth Road Race titles

Sambu is aiming to become the first to win four Falmouth crowns.


Mansfield woman running Falmouth in memory of grandfather

A 24-year-old Syracuse grad, Shannon Mowles raising money to help cancer patients with financial payments.

Elite runner Dathan Ritzenhein of Belmont, wins the men's division in the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25k in Grand Rapids, Mich. Saturday, May 13, 2017. This year marks the 40th running of the race. (Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)


Dathan Ritzenhein up against elite field in BAA 10K

Ritzenhein will toe the start line alongside defending champion Daniel Chebii and 2015 winner Daniel Salel.

Jeff Henderson of the US competes in the mens long jump during the Shanghai Diamond League athletics competition in Shanghai on May 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Johannes EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images


Boost Boston Games ready to hit the streets

Athletes will compete on an elevated track between the Public Garden and Boston Common.

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of a marathon race at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the end the Olympic champion was just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) in 2 hours and 25 seconds, beating Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57, but the Kenyan failed to run the first sub-two hour marathon. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Eliud Kipchoge comes up just short in sub 2-hour marathon bid

The Olympic marathon champion did run the fastest marathon ever in Nike’s Breaking 2 event in Italy.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 26, 2015 file photo, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wins the Men's race in the 35th London Marathon. On the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, three elite athletes will attempt to do something arguably more extraordinary, run the first sub-two-hour marathon. Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge leads the attempt on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Monza's Formula One racecourse, along with two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Nike’s run at a sub-2 hour marathon is happening tonight

Three elite runners, including two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa, will give it a go in Italy.

Newton, MA- April 17, 2017: Runners begin their climb up Heartbreak Hill on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton, MA, on April 17, 2017. It is the 121st running of the Boston Marathon, a 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Copley Square. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter

Registration for 2018 Boston Marathon begins Sept. 11

The 122nd edition of the race will be run on April 16 next year.

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues Thursday, March 16, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


Sharks star Joe Thornton undergoes knee surgery

The former Bruin’s future as a possible free agent this summer is uncertain after 12 years in San Jose.

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The meaning of a Boston Marathon medal

A finisher’s medal is about more than just acknowledging you made it to the finish line.


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.

Hopkinton - Boston, MA - 04/017/17 - Abdi Abdirahman and Galen Rupp run alone just before Rupp was dropped at the 22 mile mark in Chestnut Hill at the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (various) Topic: ()

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More track athletes are moving on to the marathon

Speed racers bring the possibility of breaking the two-hour marathon barrier.

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.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 4/18/2017 - Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray speaks during a wrap up press conference for the marathon at Fairmont Copley Plaza. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Boston Marathon Reporter:

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Marathoners who were affected by heat are all doing well

According to the BAA, the number of runners needing medical attention was up 6-8 percent over normal.

Notable Marathon finishers Kathrine Switzer, Ben Beach (center, right), along with Denna Laing and Bobby Carpenter.

From Paula Broadwell to Doug Flutie, here’s where some notable names finished

There were a number of high-profile names running the Boston Marathon this year. Here’s how they fared.

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.

Boston Marathon | Elite women

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.

Boston Marathon | Wheelchairs

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.