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Historic Finishes At The Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is arguably the most iconic marathon in the world. With its first run in 1897, it’s the longest-running marathon in the world too. Due to its elevation chart, the course is not eligible for world-record marks. The course runs from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston. Fastest run times on the course are considered “world best” marks. Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the storied marathon since 1983 after he epically broke the tape in 2014. He wore the names of the four 2013 bombing victims on his jersey.

The last American woman winner was Lisa Rainsberger in 1985. In 2011, during her debut Boston Marathon, Desi Linden came out of nowhere and almost ended the American woman drought, finishing second by just four seconds in 2:22:38. In 2014 Shalane Flanagan courageously ran up front, aiming to win the title in front of her hometown crowd. Her time of 2:22 was the fastest time ever by an American on the course. But it was only good for seventh place against a stacked field. In 2017, following a quiet Olympic year in Boston, Jordan Hasay had the fastest marathon debut every by an American woman, finishing third in 2:23. 

The 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings

There have been a handful of feature-length films and documentaries created around the bombings. They tell the story of the race or a person affected by the blasts that happened on April 15, 2013. Two bombs went off near the finish line, killing three people (a fourth was killed during the pursuit of the bombers) and injuring more than 260 other people. Runners who were halted due to the blasts were unable to finish their races. The Boston Athletic Association offered them all entries into the 2014 Boston Marathon, one of the most emotional years the race will ever see. Two brothers were responsible for the horrific attack, one killed during pursuit and one awaiting the death penalty.

Meb Wins The 2014 Boston Marathon

America’s favorite marathoner, Meb Keflezighi won the following year’s Boston Marathon in emotional, heroic fashion, inspiring the entire world and capturing the hearts of every single runner. He was the first American man since 1983 and the oldest winner in decades at 38 years old. It was a year that America needed a victory in Boston for the people of Boston and the running community. Meb, whose own story is on that truly exemplifies the American Dream, became a household name. His victory on Boylston Street followed the Red Sox World Series win, another meant-to-be moment to the people of Boston. “Boston Strong” became and still remains a nationwide symbol of strength, unity and resilience.

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