Boston Marathon Prize Giveaway!

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is right around the corner (April 21, 2014) and I thought it would be fun to do a prize giveaway contest!

The Contest:

You must pick the men’s winner, the top American man, the women’s winner and the top American woman.

The Info You Need:

To help you out, I’m providing lists of the elite entrants (as of March 3, 2014), which include their marathon PRs and where the time was run.

International Elite Men:

Dennis Kimetto 2:03:45 (Chicago 2013)
Lelisa Desisa 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013)
Gebre Gebremariam 2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)
Markos Geneti 2:04:54 (Dubai, 2012)
Wilson Chebet 2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)
Tilahun Regassa 2:05:27 (Chicago, 2012)
Shami Dawud 2:05:42 (Dubai, 2012)
Eric Ndiema 2:06:07 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Frankline Chepkwony 2:06:11 (Eindhoven, 2012)
Micah Kogo 2:06:56 (Chicago, 2013)
Adil Annani 2:07:43 (London, 2012)
Paul Lonyangata 2:07:44 (Xiamen, 2013)
Joel Kimurer 2:07:48 (Gongju, 2013)
Lusapho April 2:08:32 (Hannover, 2013)
Mathew Bowen 2:10:57 (Rennes, 2013)
Vitaliy Shafar 2:11:52 (Frankfurt, 2013)

American Elite Men:

Ryan Hall 2:04:58 (Boston, 2011)
Abdi Abdirahman 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)
Meb Keflezighi 2:09:08 (Houston, 2012)
Brett Gotcher 2:10:36 (Houston, 2010)
Jason Hartmann 2:11:06 (Chicago 2010)
Nick Arciniaga 2:11:30 (Houston, 2011)
Jeff Eggleston 2:12:03 (Chicago, 2012)

International Elite Women:

Mare Dibaba 2:19:52 (Dubai, 2012)
Rita Jeptoo 2:19:57 (Dubai, 2012)
Jemima Jelagat Sumgong 2:19:57 (Chicago, 2013)
Meseret Hailu Debele 2:20:48 (Chicago, 2013)
Eunice Kirwa 2:21:09 (Amsterdam, 2012)
Sharon Cherop 2:22:28 (Berlin, 2013)
Caroline Kilel 2:22:34 (Frankfurt, 2013)
Flomena Chepchichir Chumba 2:23:00 (Frankfurt, 2013)
Buzunesh Deba 2:23:19 (New York, 2011)
Tatiana Petrova Arkhipova 2:23:29 (London, 2012)
Aleksandra Duliba 2:23:44 (Chicago, 2013)
Yeshi Esayias 2:24:06 (Frankfurt, 2013)
Philes Ongori 2:24:20 (Rotterdam, 2011)
Belaynesh Oljira 2:25:01 (Dubai, 2013)
Yolanda Caballero 2:26:17 (Boston, 2011)
Lanni Marchant 2:28:00 (Toronto, 2013)
Noriko Higuchi 2:28:49 (Tokyo, 2011)
Adriana Aparecida da Silva 2:29:17 (Tokyo, 2012)

American Elite Women:

Des Davila 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)
Shalane Flanagan 2:25:38 (Houston, 2012)
Amy Hastings 2:27:03 (Los Angeles, 2011)
Serena Burla 2:28:01 (Amsterdam, 2013)
Adriana Nelson 2:28:52 (London, 2008)

You can put “Other” if you would like to select someone that is not on any of these lists.

The Tiebreaker:

Natalie Receives Her Bib

Natalie Receives Her Bib

Since there are four categories, you can earn a total of four points. However, there is the potential for a tie, so here is the tiebreaker: You have to guess Natalie Morales’s finishing time (net time). As the Runner’s World article states, Natalie has run five marathons, but she has not done one in eight years. As far as I can tell, her PR is 3:31:02, which she ran at the NYC Marathon in 2006. If there is a tie, whoever is closest to Natalie’s time wins.

A Sample Entry:

Natalie: 3:43:55

(You can stick to first names since there are no repeats)

The Race:


The Prize:

You are playing for an autographed 4 x 6 of Bill Rodgers winning the Boston Marathon in 1979. And a couple of KIND bars – because who doesn’t love KIND bars?


Entering The Contest:

Any questions? Let me know.

You must enter by 8:00 AM (EST) on race morning.

If there is a scratch, you can change your picks up until 8:00 AM on race morning.

Enter by leaving your picks in the comments section below – good luck!

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37 Responses to Boston Marathon Prize Giveaway!

  1. runwright says:


  2. Angie says:


  3. I’m running a similar give away. Guess the top male or female finish time and win a medal display from from MedalFramz.
    Great minds…

  4. Chris says:

    Dennis/Hall/Rita/Shalane and Natalie: 4:05:00

  5. Lelisa Desisa /Ryan Hall /Mare Dibaba /Shalane Flanagan

    Natalie runs 3:40.

    My basis for these guesses: Lelisa has a cool name, Ryan Hall…duh he’s my man, Mare was number 1, and everyone loves Shalane!

  6. piratebobcat says:

    Considering how my NCAA brackets went, I probably shouldn’t be making any more predictions! Hahaha

  7. OMG! I have to start following this things more, so that I can participate in your fun giveaways!!! I am sooooo overwhelmed by names lol! xoxo

    OKay, just for the sake of it: Gebre/Hall/Rita/Des, Nathalie: 3:38 (couldn’t miss an opportunity ahahha!)

  8. runrodrun says:

    Gebre/Ryan/Rita/Shalane/3:43:26. Angie has my exact elite picks! So I’m playing “Price is Right” and going with 1 second higher on Natalie.

  9. Markos, Jason, Rita, Des

  10. Gotta get in the contest too!!
    Natalie: 3:29:25

  11. Sam says:


  12. Lelisa / Meb / Rita / Desiree, and let’s shoot with 3:44:24

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  14. RetroRay says:

    Dennis Kimetto/Jeff Eggleston/Rita Jeptoo/Shalane Flanagan 4:27:11

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  16. Ryan Hall/Lelisa Desisa/Shalane Flanagan/Jemima Jelagat Sumgong
    Men’s 2:04, Women’s 2:20.

  17. emaiuolo says:

    Dennis Kimetto
    Meb Keflezighi
    Rita Jeptoo
    Des Davila/Linden
    Natalie: 3:55

    PS: LOVE the name of the blog!!!!!

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  19. Aron says:

    Sick idea man, too bad I missed the game.

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