A blistering pace in the men's race led to a course record for the 114th Boston Marathon. While no Americans cracked the top three, Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Men's Elite Top Finishes
1. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (KEN), 2:05:52 (CR) $150,000 + $25,000 CR bonus
2. Tekeste Kebede (ETH) 2:07:23 $75,000
3. Deribe Merga (ETH) 2:08:39 $40,000
The previous course record, 2:07:14, was set in 2006 by Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot. This year's Robert Cheruiyot champion (no relation to the previous Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot) said he discussed the course about two months ago with Robert K. to get some pointers on course strategy.
Hall and Keflezighi's times were:
4. Ryan Hall (USA) 2:08:41 $25,000
5. Mebrahtom Keflezighi (USA) 2:09:26 $15,000
Hall's time would have won him last year's race, which Deriba Merga won in 2:08:42. "My two words were joy and freedom," Hall said after the race. "I was running my own race out there. I produced my best times so far on the Boston course which I'm thrilled about."
Women's Elite Top Finishes
1. Teyba Erkesso (ETH) 2:26:11 $150,000
2. Tatyana Pushkareva (RUS) 2:26:14 $75,000
3. Salina Kosgei (KEN) 2:28:35 $40,000
The women ran a much more conservative race than the men, though it was much faster than last yeaer's 2:32:16 win by Kosgei. Teyba Erkesso pulled away around mile 16 right before the Newton hills. For a while she had a minute over the women's lead pack, until Tatyana Pushkareva injected a huge surge. With two miles before the finish line, Pushkareva was 30 seconds behind. She finished just three seconds behind Erkesso. The top American finisher was Paige Higgins, who ran 2:36:00 for 13th place.
In keeping with the tradition of the past two years, the women's race was determined by just a few seconds. Last year, Salina Kosgei finished just one second in front of Dire Tune.
Scenes from the Finish Line
Exhausted runners just after the finish line head for the Gatorade
An army of yellow-clad volunteers waits for the runners. More than 7,000 volunteers help out on race day and pre-race preparation; working the finish line is one of the most elite volunteer positions.
Mylar space blankets, invented in 1964, are aluminum-based sheets that keep the body warm by reflecting heat back into the body.
Even the churches got dressed up for the occasion. Old South Church, decked out in this year's colors of the marathon, is located right next to the finish line. The congregation dates back to 1669, but the building was rebuilt in 1875 and was the congregation of Samuel Adams.