This Boston Marathon was going to be a special one – and it did not disappoint.
Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair Division
Ernst Van Dyk won his 10th Boston Marathon in 1:20:36. The burly South African sobbed after crossing the finish line – overwhelmed by his 10th win and still carrying a heavy heart after the tragedy in 2013. There was literally a photo finish for 2nd/3rd with both men crossing in 1:21:14.
Women’s Push Rim Wheelchair Division
Tatyana McFadden has absolutely dominated of late and today was no different. On her birthday, she won in 1:35:06. Fellow American Susannah Scaroni was third in 1:38:33.
The Women’s Race
The women took off like they were shot out of a cannon. Shalane Flanagan pushed the pace in the early miles running as if she was on a mission. I can only speculate – but I’m guessing she thought she could string out the women’s race and hang on for a win. Unfortunately, a small pack of six or seven women went with her and ultimately dropped her. She hung on for seventh place in a very impressive 2:22:02. Rita Jeptoo left no doubt about this one – in fact, ready for this? Her first half split was 1:09:28.. her second half split was 1:09:28. She finished in 2:18:57 and set the course record.
1 Jeptoo, Rita 2:18:57 Kenya
2 Deba, Buzunesh 2:19:59 Ethiopia
3 Dibaba, Mare 2:20:35 Ethiopia
4 Sumgong, Jemima Jelagat 2:20:41 Kenya
5 Melkamu, Meselech 2:21:28 Ethiopia
The Men’s Race
The men’s race went out at an honest pace, but nothing spectacular. American Josphat Boit made a move pretty early and Meb went with him. Everyone else stayed put. The gap widened to 20 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds and then a minute. Boit got dropped and Meb was running alone… well, maybe not alone – he had about a million of his closest friends cheering him on! And then his lead began to shrink. A minute turned into 30 seconds.. and then 20.. and then 10.. and then 6. But when it mattered most, Meb showed that he would bend, but he would not break. Down the final stretch on Boylston, when it was clear that Chebet was spent, Meb pumped his fist and smiled – he crossed the line and became the first American man to win Boston since 1983. It was storybook. It was one of those moments in sports – in life – that you wouldn’t believe if you hadn’t seen it with your own eyes.
If you love running, you probably cried. If you don’t love running but watched anyways, you probably cried.
1 Keflezighi, Meb 2:08:37 United States
2 Chebet, Wilson 2:08:48 Kenya
3 Chepkwony, Frankline 2:08:50 Kenya
4 Shafar, Vitaliy 2:09:37 Ukraine
5 Geneti, Markos 2:09:50 Ethiopia
– Ryan Hall finished in 2:17:50 (20th overall)
– Ultra star Mike Wardian ran 2:23:32 and finished 3rd in the Masters Division
– Jason McElwain, better known as J-Mac, ran 2:57:05
– Natalie Morales ran 3:34:45, just missing her PR
– Meb split 1:04:21/1:04:16
– there were 3 American men in the top 10
– there were 2 American women in the top 10
– Sam won the Boston Marathon Prize Giveaway – he correctly picked Meb, Rita and Shalane
– Candies & Crunches gets an honorable mention because she was the closest to Natalie’s marathon time
Searchable 2014 Boston Marathon results are available here.