Men's champion

Wesley Korir 2:12:40

Women's champion

Sharon Cherop 2:31:50

Men's wheelchair

Joshua Cassidy 1:18:25

Women's wheelchair

Shirley Reilly 1:37:36

Wesley Korir heads up Kenyan sweep

The 29-year-old claimed the men’s title at the 116th Boston Marathon, running down countryman Levy Matebo in the final mile.

Women’s winner Sharon Cherop celebrated with men’s winner Wesley Korir at the finish line.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Women’s winner Sharon Cherop celebrated with men’s winner Wesley Korir at the finish line.

Jessica Coomber and her John Ward schoolmates offered water to Boston Marathon runners at Heartbreak Hill in Newton.

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.

Sharon Cherop, who raced toe-to-toe with fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (background), used a big kick turning onto Boylston Street to take command and cross the finish line alone.

Sharon Cherop bides her time, takes women’s title

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.

Marathon Notebook

Jason Hartmann provides US a top-four presence

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.

BAA offers runners deferral: Wait till next year

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.

The start

In Hopkinton, beating heat on everyone’s mind

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.


Crowd elevates game to support runners

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.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Fenway offers views of Red Sox and Boston Marathon

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

Nothing but (very) warm memories of Marathon

Like the other runners, the Globe’s Shira Springer embraced the Marathon with equal parts anxiety, uncertainty, and humor.

First person account

How the crowd helped me finish the Marathon

Globe reporter David Abel says he couldn’t have survived the Boston Marathon without the crowd dousing him with water -- and good will.


// How running the Marathon affects the body

Explore how running 26.2 miles puts a grueling amount of stress on a runner’s body.

// Elite runners to watch in the Boston Marathon

The Boston Globe examines the elite runners who entered in the 2012 Boston Marathon.

Matt Brown’s bid will be spirited

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.

Surge of older runners in Boston Marathon

A record 596 runners age 65 and older have registered to compete in today’s race, 47 of whom are age 75 and older.

Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest-ever marathon in Boston last year.

the defending champion

How Geoffrey Mutai trains for the Boston Marathon

For 45 weeks a year, the defending champion devotes himself to grueling training in the high-altitude hills of Kenya.

Ben True defends title in BAA 5K

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.


Female pioneers return to place where they started

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.

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American runners haven’t had success winning the Boston Marathon in recent decades, but US record times have steadily risen over time.

Boston Marathon

Duel in the Sun competitors still linked

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.

World record anywhere but Boston Marathon

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.’’

Is a sub-2 hour marathon possible?

While the thought is staggering, coaches and elite male marathoners see two hours as a breakable barrier. Perhaps even soon.

Debate over women’s records still simmering

A move to disqualify times earned in mixed gender marathons has caused great controversy in running circles.

Paula Radcliffe unlikely ever to run Boston

The women’s marathoning standout and British native has a strong tie to the London race that conflicts annually with Boston.

Joan Benoit Samuelson surprised with record time

Samuelson, then a BU track coach, had no idea she would be in position to set a world record in Boston in 1983.

Ernst Van Dyk record still a marvel

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.

Boston Marathon charity runners race to find donors

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.

Marathon’s charity campaigns go back a century

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.

Famous record-setting marathon runs

A look at some of the more memorable marathon-record-setting runs from around the world.

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