First-Time Boston Marathoners Emerge Victorious

Galen Rupp, 30, of Portland, Ore., earned a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympic marathon with a time of 2:10:05 an will be making his Boston debut.

She ran her first New Bedford Half Marathon in honor of her brother, who passed away several years ago.

"She took my chance", Deba said this week after returning to Boston, where she has also finished third and seventh.

In the women's race, Edna Kiplagat pulled away from a pack of elite runners and cruised nearly unchallenged to the Boston Marathon women's title Monday. From the American perspective, perhaps the most exciting performance of the event was Jordan Hasay, who placed third overall in her first marathon ever, running 2:23:00.

Katherine Switzer became the first woman to officially finish the Boston Marathon on April 19, 1967, after this physical scuffle.

"I really paid attention this time to where on the course Jock Semple attacked me", a smiling Kathrine Switzer, 70, said after running her ninth Boston Marathon, and first since 1976.

The men's field includes defending champion Lemi Hale, who past year completed Ethiopia's first sweep; 2012 victor Wesley Korir; and Keflezighi, who is planning to retire after the New York City race in the fall. The records in the wheelchair division are 1:18 for the men set by Joshua Cassidy of Canada in 2012 and 1:34 for women set in 2011 by Wakako Tsuchida of Japan.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said in a statement last month: 'The Boston Marathon is a key part of our city's identity, and continues to show the world that Boston is strong, and our traditions will endure, no matter what. Roughly 30,000 runners will traverse the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday.

But the Boston Marathon is about more than just the elites. It wasn't until the race began that officials noticed a woman running among the men.

No US woman has won since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach in 1985.

"I know top races in America where they bring in so many unknown runners from other countries, and they do nothing for the Americans". Women were not technically barred from competing and had run in the race without bibs, ABC News reports, but it had been assumed that women were not capable of running that distance.

With two-time fourth-place finisher Shalane Flanagan out with a back injury, the US hopes on the women's side are represented by Desi Linden, a two-time Olympian who has thrice placed in the top 10 in Boston. It was 69 and warming at the halfway point in Wellesley and expected to be up to 72 degrees by the time the runners reached the finish in Boston's Back Bay.

"Running Boston has always been a dream of mine", she said. A new documentary that premiered in Boston on Saturday night, narrated by Matt Damon, tells that story along with many others from the history of the world's longest running long run. Jamaica Plain's City Councilor, Matt O'Malley, authored a resolution proclaiming April 12, 2017, as Joan Benoit Samuelson Day in Boston.

  • Larry Hoffman