Miles in Massachusetts

Boston Holds Oldest Marathon


Geoffrey Kirui wins the Boston Marathon (courtesy of ABC).

Emily Robertson, Staff Writer

The Boston Marathon can be considered the Superbowl for distance runners because of the intense competition.

On April 17, 2017 at 8:50 am, the 30,000 entrants of the Boston Marathon began their race.

People from all over the world came to compete in the marathon, which features a $150,000 prize for the first place male and female finishers.

Kenya produced the top male and female finishers: Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat.

Kirui finished in 2:09:37, while Kiplagat ran a 2:21:52.

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, the men’s world record in the marathon is 2:02:57, and the women’s world record is 2:17:42.

USA’s Galen Rupp, who has competed in the Beijing, London, and Rio Olympics, took second place, with a time of 2:09:58.

Of the top ten male finishers, six were from the US, while two of the top ten female finishers were from the US (Boston Athletic Association).

Jordan Hasay, who is a part of the Nike Oregon Project, clocked in at 2:23:00, making her the fastest American woman to ever compete in the Boston Marathon. The record was previously held by Kara Goucher in 2008.

The Marathon offers a wheelchair race, in which the top male and female finishers, from Switzerland, created world records. According the Boston Athletic Association, Marcel Hug finished in 1:18:03, while Manuela Schar completed her race in 1:28:07.

According to Washington Post, Kathrine Switzer was the first female to ever officially compete in the Boston Marathon, which she did in 1967. Switzer competed in this year’s marathon, 50 years later.

The infamous Boston Marathon bombing occurred a little over four years ago, but that hasn’t kept people away from the popular marathon.