June 6 2018
Kathrine Switzer, Tatyana McFadden and Meb Kelfezighi celebrated Global Running Day with a 1-mile run through Central Park.
Boston experienced snow flurries yesterday, but thousands of determined athletes still took to the historic Boston Marathon course on Monday morning to run the 122nd annual 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Copley Square. The elite men’s and women’s fields led the way through whipping headwinds and persistent rain, starting with the mobility impaired division, which launched this year’s race at 8:40 a.m.
At Women’s Running, we always focus more on the women’s division than the men’s, but this year we were not alone. The American elite women’s field in particular has garnered more attention than usual throughout the last year, due largely to the record-setting American woman debut at the marathon distance by Jordan Hasay at the 2017 Boston Marathon and Shalane Flanagan’s victory at the New York City Marathon last November. With competitors like Hasay, Flanagan, Desiree Linden, Molly Huddle and American marathon record holder for women Deena Kastor stacking the field, the running community’s excitement leading up to the race was palpable—and when Hasay withdrew from the race last night, the competition between the elites only tightened.
When six-time Boston Marathoner Desiree Linden raced to victory more than four minutes ahead of second-place finisher Sarah Sellers, finish line spectators and reporters in the media center a block away nearly burst with excitement for the first American woman to win in 33 years.
Check back with Women’s Running later today for our official race recap and post-race interviews with some of this year’s top finishers. In the meantime, here are the top 10 lists for elite men and women finishers:
Editor’s Note: The Professional Men’s Wheelchair Division times have been updated to reflect official race finish times.