Boston Marathon race updates by

Boston Marathon race updates by

Stride-by-stride coverage of the elite field of male and female runners as well as the wheelchair racers, from Hopkinton to the finish line on Boylston Street.

  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:06:20 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa had about a 400-yard lead as the field passed the half marathon mark in Wellesley. Van Dyk's time was 38:02. Two-time champion Masazumi Soejima and last year's third-place finisher Kota Hokinoue were tied for second, 34 seconds back.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:07:12 PM
    The men's lead pack of 19 racers went through the one-mile mark in Hopkinton in 4:49.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:07:31 PM
    The men's lead pack has passed the statue of Greek hero Stylianos Kyriakides, winner of the 1946 Boston Marathon, at the one-mile mark. It's one of a growing list of statuary decorating the marathon route. Kyriakides won the first marathon after World War II despite not having run in six years and nearly starving to death during the German occupation of his war-ravaged homeland. He used the improbable victory to mobilize support for Greece, and was greeted by nearly a million people when he returned home with boatloads of food, medicine, and supplies donated by Americans.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:08:51 PM
    The female runners ran the first 10K in a speedy 32:30, still paced by Shalane Flanagan.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:09:22 PM
    Tatyana McFadden is leading fellow wheelchair racer Wakako Tsuchida by about 25 yards.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:10:04 PM
    American Meb Keflezighi is the very early leader in the men's race, with a pack of more than 20 runners on his heels.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:11:38 PM
    Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is all alone at mile 15 with a time of 52:51.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:14:37 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa went through the 15 mile mark in Wellesley in 44:06, and the 25K, also in Wellesley, in 45:48. No wheelchair racer is more experienced on the Boston course, but his lead has slimmed slightly to 26 seconds. He will shortly be in the Newton hills.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:15:17 PM
    The elite women ran the first 10K in 32:32 - that's a pace of 2:17:21, very fast indeed, given that the course record is 2:20:43, set by Margaret Okayo of Kenya in 2002. It is 57.8 degrees.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:15:35 PM
    Defending women’s champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya followed up her Boston victory last year by running the fastest women’s marathon of 2013 in October in Chicago - 2:19:57.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:16:13 PM
    If Rita Jeptoo of Kenya crosses the finish line first today, she will be the first women’s champion to repeat since countrywoman Catherine Ndereba in 2005.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:16:14 PM
    The lead pack of men went through two miles in 9:43, led by Meb Keflezighi. The second mile time was 4:55, a very controlled pace.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:16:50 PM
    It’s not surprising that the second-largest field in Boston Marathon history contains a record number of women, both in number (16,081) and percentage (45%). The former records were 11,606 and 43%, set last year.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:18:43 PM
    American Shalane Flanagan and Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia are neck-and-neck through the first 8 miles of the race, which they hit in 42:03.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:19:05 PM
    Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia is making her Boston debut after having run New York four of the past five years, finishing second twice - in 2011 and 2013. She has won eight marathons in the US, including San Diego in 2011, where she broke the course record with a 2:23:31.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:19:09 PM
    The men's leaders passed three mile in Ashland in 14:38. The pack of 22 runners included Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Markos Geneti, and defending champion Lelisa Desisa. Hall and Keflezighi are Americans.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:19:38 PM
    Keep an eye on Flomena Chepchichir of Kenya, bib F9. She has won three half-marathons as well as the Seoul Marathon last year, and set a personal best when she finished second in Frankfurt in 2:23:00.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:20:08 PM
    There are three Boston champions among the 21 female elite runners today. In fact, they won the past three marathons here, and they all are from Kenya: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya is the defending champ, Sharon Cherop won in 2012, and Caroline Kilel captured the crown in 2011.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:20:15 PM
    After last year, 64-year-old Bennett Beach of Bethesda, Md., has sole possession of the record for consecutive Boston Marathon finishes, with 46. Bennett, who is a writer and editor for the US State Department, was profiled by John Powers in yesterday's Globe. Today he'll be going for 47, which would keep him one race ahead of Tim Lepore, 69, Nantucket's only full-time surgeon, who will be trying to finish his 46th straight. Mark Bauman, 64, who owns a running store in Flint, Mich., is going for his 45th straight.

    According to the BAA, there are 52 runners who currently have finishing streaks of at least 25 straight years. Among them is Dave McGillivray, 59 of North Andover, who has been the Boston Marathon's race director since 2001. He will hit 42 straight if he finishes today, the fourth longest active streak. As the Globe's David Abel explains, McGillivray starts after the race is over, and is always the last official finisher.

    There are four women among the 52, topped by Andrea Hatch of Colorado Springs, Colo., a former MIT administrator who at age 70 will be running in her 37th straight.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:21:23 PM
    At the Newton fire station, Tatyana McFadden is still alone in the lead of the women's wheelchair race with a time of 1:01:05.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:22:44 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk is pushing up the Newton hills. He is still well ahead in the men's wheelchair race, passing the 20-mile mark, just before Heartbreak Hill, in 1:01:08.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:22:48 PM
    At the 9-minute mark, Shalane Flanagan is still out front of the elite women, posting a split time of 47:20.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:23:06 PM
    Caroline Kilel of Kenya counts her 2011 Boston win as one of eight career marathon victories to her name. Although she didn’t finish the Boston race in 2012, she posted a personal best of 2:22:34 when she won in Frankfurt.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:24:19 PM
    It took defending women’s champ Rita Jeptoo 7 years to win her second Boston Marathon - and almost 3 minutes longer. The elite Kenyan runner, wearing the F1 bib, ran 2:23:38 at age 25 in 2006, and 2:26:25 last year when she was 32.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:24:53 PM
    At the 5K mark in Ashland the men's lead pack of more than 20 included Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Markos Geneti, Lelisa Desisa, Gebre Gebremariam, Abdi Abdirahman, Tilahun Regassa, and Micah Kogo. Their time was 15:09.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:25:07 PM
    Wave Two of the main race is off and running. Wave Two is made up of 9,000 mid-level runners -- serious marathoners all -- who have times between 3:12:53 and 3:33:34. The final group, Wave Three, will start at 11.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:26:06 PM
    There are 8 runners in the pack of elite women runners at the 15K mark. Shalane Flanagan has relinquished the lead a couple of times at water stops to Buzunesh Deba, but regained it each time.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:26:23 PM
    The elite women ran the first 15K in 49:05.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:26:29 PM
    It took defending women’s champ Rita Jeptoo 7 years to win her second Boston Marathon - and almost 3 minutes longer. The elite Kenyan runner, wearing the F1 bib, ran 2:23:38 at age 25 in 2006, and 2:26:25 last year when she was 32.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:27:05 PM
    The lead men are at the Ashland-Framingham line. They went through five miles in 24:29, with Meb Keflezighi leading a large pack.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:28:07 PM
    It’s been 19 years since both the men’s and women’s champions successfully defended their titles - Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya and Uta Pippig of Germany did it in 1995. But Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya are favored to do exactly that today.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:28:26 PM
    There are three Boston champions among the 21 female elite runners today. In fact, they won the past three marathons here, and they all are from Kenya: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya is the defending champ, Sharon Cherop won in 2012, and Caroline Kilel captured the crown in 2011.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:28:43 PM
    Men's wheelchair leader Ernst Van Dyk just went through Cleveland Circle. He passed 22 miles in 1:08:09, his lead still intact.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:28:43 PM
    Defending women’s champion Rita Jeptoo told the Globe after she had returned to Kenya that she wasn’t planning on competing here this year, saying that the fatal bombings allegedly carried out by local terrorists were “very scary.”

    But she changed her mind. “Last year was not good, but I was thinking that this year is not the same like last year,” Jeptoo said at a BAA press conference. “I hope that we are going to run and no problem again.”
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:29:55 PM
    If an Ethiopian is going to reclaim the women’s laurel wreath from the Kenyans today, it could be Mare Dibaba, 24, who is wearing bib F2. She recorded her first career win at this year’s Xiamen International Marathon in China with a course-record 2:21:36.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:30:00 PM
    Besides defending champion Lelisa Desisa, there are two other former winners of the men's race taking part today. Amby Burfoot, who won in 1968 and is now 67, is one of more than 4,500 participants in this year's race who reached the half marathon checkpoint in 2013 but were unable to cross the Boylston Street finish line.

    Gelindo Bordin, 55, is the only man in history to win both the Olympic Games Marathon and the Boston Marathon. A resident of Biella, Italy, he won the 1988 Olympic Games Marathon in Seoul. His 2:08:19 victory in Boston in 1990 made him the only champion in the men's open division to represent Italy.

    Two other winners will be part of the race, but are not running. Three-time winner Bill Rodgers is the grand marshal, and 1983 winner Greg Meyer is the finish-line announcer. Meyer is the last American to win the men's race.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:30:15 PM
    Dibaba is currently running right behind Shalane Flanagan in the women's race.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:30:50 PM
    Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia was named to the Ethiopian Olympic marathon squad after running a 2:19:52 in Dubai, but she finished 23d at the London Olympics in 2012. She finished third in Los Angeles in 2011 with a time of 2:30:25.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:31:31 PM
    Americans are currently leading both the men's and women's races.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:33:00 PM
    At the 11-mile mark, Shalane Flanagan is still in the lead, running a 58:11 split time.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:33:53 PM
    Men's wheelchair leader Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa passed 24 miles in 1:13:28.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:34:06 PM
    Even though 2012 victor Sharon Cherop of Kenya - in the pack of women leading today - ran with winner Rita Jeptoo and runner-up Meseret Hailu Debele last year, she faded during the closing mile and finished third, 31 seconds off the pace. However, she ended the 2013 season strong with a victory in Singapore (2:41:12).
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:35:22 PM
    At the top of Heartbreak Hill in Newton, American Tatyana McFadden, the women's wheelchair defending champ, is still in front, racing the first 20 miles in 1:11:55.
  • Eric Bauer, 4/21/2014 2:36:31 PM
    At 7 miles, Americans Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall continue to lead the men's race. Their time of 34:16 was a second ahead of a large pack that included defending champion Lelisa Desisa.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:36:47 PM
    Women's leader Shalane Flanagan isn't hard to miss on the course: she is racing in bright pink shoes.
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