On Road Racing
BAA’s heat plans saved day for Boston Marathon
Race director Dave McGillivray said any other race he might have cancelled, but Boston was uniquely prepared for the challenge.
Cherop overcame intense heat, a minor knee injury, and every challenge from her elite peers, winning the Boston Marathon Monday by two seconds in another tight finish.
The 6-foot-3-inch Michigan native ran across the line to claim fourth place in the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 31 seconds, the first American to finish.
It was so hot, the Boston Athletic Association told runners headed to Monday’s Boston Marathon they should think about going home. Come back next year, when the temperatures may not reach the mid-80s.
By the time the runners reached the corrals at the start line, the sun was beating down as they braced for the hottest marathon in the past decade.
Hot temperatures brought out fans in droves to Heartbreak Hill, cheering on runners as they battled their way through the most infamous portion of the 26.2-mile course.
The left field corner of Fenway Park is the only place in Boston where spectators can simultaneously watch the marathon and the Red Sox game.
First person account
Like the other runners, the Globe’s Shira Springer embraced the Marathon with equal parts anxiety, uncertainty, and humor.
First person account
Globe reporter David Abel says he couldn’t have survived the Boston Marathon without the crowd dousing him with water -- and good will.
Explore how running 26.2 miles puts a grueling amount of stress on a runner’s body.
The Boston Globe examines the elite runners who entered in the 2012 Boston Marathon.
Brown, who was paralyzed after a spinal cord injury while playing in a high school hockey game, will be pushed in the Boston Marathon by former Army Ranger Lucas Carr.
A record 596 runners age 65 and older have registered to compete in today’s race, 47 of whom are age 75 and older.
the defending champion
For 45 weeks a year, the defending champion devotes himself to grueling training in the high-altitude hills of Kenya.
Over the final mile of Sunday’s BAA 5K, defending champion Ben True reeled in his competition. And for his late-race efforts, True took the men’s title in 13:41, breaking the course record of 14:06.5 he set in last year’s race.
Forty years after they competed in the first official women’s race at the Boston Marathon, most of the eight finishers returned this weekend to commemorate their competitive breakthrough.
American runners haven’t had success winning the Boston Marathon in recent decades, but US record times have steadily risen over time.
No two men battled step for step for so long in the Boston Marathon as Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley. The more compelling story, though, is what they have survived since.
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.’’
While the thought is staggering, coaches and elite male marathoners see two hours as a breakable barrier. Perhaps even soon.
A move to disqualify times earned in mixed gender marathons has caused great controversy in running circles.
The women’s marathoning standout and British native has a strong tie to the London race that conflicts annually with Boston.
Samuelson, then a BU track coach, had no idea she would be in position to set a world record in Boston in 1983.
Van Dyk took advantage of his familiarity with the course with a record 1:18:27 finish in 2004. It was the fourth of his record nine Boston Marathon titles.
The $4,000 BAA minimum for charity runners is $750 higher than last year, and the tens of thousands of fund-raising “athons’’ nationwide mean donors can suffer fatigue.
The Boston Athletic Association’s Boston Marathon charity program began in 1989. Today, marathon runners raise well over $10 million every year to support the 36 charities in the program.
A look at some of the more memorable marathon-record-setting runs from around the world.
So, you’re running the Boston Marathon for the first time. Two veterans of the course offer some keys to a successful race.
The race has long held international prestige, attracting runners from all over the world.