There was a poignant moment long before the start of this year’s 120th Boston Marathon, when the closed roads at the finish area were being used for filming ‘Patriot’s Day’, starring Mark Wahlberg as a police officer hunting the bombers who killed three spectators and maimed hundreds at the finish line in 2013. Three years on the power of human endurance was exemplified by the courage of bombing victim Adrianne Haslet who finished on a prosthetic leg in 10 hours.
There were 30,741 entries from every US State and from 81 countries at the start line in Hopkinton on Monday (April 18), where the sun shone and the ambient temperature was a comfortable 55-60F. Race statistics show that 54% were men; 46% were women and the average ages were 45 (men) and 40 (women). There were 24,000 qualifiers and around 6,000 charity runners in the field.
Defending champions, Lelisa Desisa (Ethiopia) and Caroline Rotich (Kenya), were present but neither prevailed. It was Ethiopia’s day, though, as the winners were Lemi Hayle (2:12:45) and Atsede Baysa (2:29:19). Desisa (2:13:32) was the overall runner-up after sharing the lead for much of the second half. Rotich was forced to drop out before the 10k point.
Despite unexpected swelling from her leg, Adrianne Haslet (USA) was through halfway in 4:47:17 to great acclaim from the crowd. After the race finished the former professional dancer said, “I feel amazing. It’s really emotional because I think of all of the definitions that this finish line has held.”
The leading GB runners were in 178th, Sean Fitzpatrick (Herne Hill Harriers, 2:42:23) and 744th, Gill Fullen (W50 Bedford Harriers, 2:53:32). More than 30 British runners broke three hours, including 22-year-old Boston student, Holly Rees (2:54:57) from Cambridgeshire, who took nine minutes off her best.
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