Boston Marathon race updates by Boston.com

Boston Marathon race updates by Boston.com

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, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:37:16 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa is poined to win the men's wheelchair race.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:38:00 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa has won his record 10th Boston Marathon men's wheelchair race. His unofficial time was 1:20:36.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:38:40 PM
    Kota Hokinoue and Masazumi Soejima of Japan are battling for second. They hit the tape together in a photo finish, with Soejima taking second by less than a second.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:41:06 PM
    At 30K, American Tatyana McFadden led Japan's Wakako Tsuchida by more than two minutes in the women's wheelchair race. Unless something dramatic happens, she will win her second consecutive Boston Marathon.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:42:12 PM
    McFadden raced the first 23 miles in 1:23:51.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:45:01 PM
    Shalane Flanagan ran the first half marathon in 1:09:25, about a minute faster than the course record.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:45:56 PM
    The elite women are passing the ball field in Wellesley.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:47:06 PM
    Americans Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt are making a move at the 8 mile mark in Natick. They have taken about an 8 second lead over the large men's pack. Bolt was a late entrant. He is a Kenyan-born American and twice an NCAA champion for the University of Arkansas..
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:47:33 PM
    At 25 miles, wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden is comfortably in the lead with a time of 1:16:40.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:48:33 PM
    Runner Shalane Flanagan's split time at the 14-mile mark is 5:18.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:51:15 PM
    At the 15K checkpoint near Lake Cochituate in Natick, Americans have the top four places in the men's race. Still leading are Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt, followed by Nicholas Arciniaga and Ryan Hall. Their time of 45:46 is about 2:08 finish pace.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:51:30 PM
    Women's wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden just turned from Hereford onto Boylston for her victory ride to the finish line.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:52:08 PM
    American Tatyana McFadden has won the women's wheelchair race for the second consecutive year. Her victory is special, coming on her 25th birthday.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:52:52 PM
    Tatyana McFadden was only 6 years old when a Maryland couple adopted the anemic Russian girl with spina bifida from an orphanage in St. Petersburg. Her mother got her involved in sports in an effort to get her healthy - and instead, helped develop a world-class athlete.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:55:13 PM
    Josphat Boit and Meb Keflezighi have extended their lead in the men's field to about 15 seconds as they passed the 10-mile mark in 49:08. They are being shadowed by a huge following pack.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 2:57:58 PM
    Gina Chupka of Colorado, a native of Westfield, was a half-mile from the finish line last year when the bombs exploded. That ended her goal to finish a marathon in all 50 states, according to a Globe profile. So she ran a marathon in Holyoke three weeks later – but stopped just short of the finish line, unable to bring herself to cross it. She wanted to finish her quest in Boston - and plans to do so today.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 2:58:28 PM
    Americans Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt have increased their lead to 30 seconds or so as they passed 11 miles in 54:04. They will soon be passing Wellesley College's famous scream tunnel.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:00:01 PM
    The third huge group of runners, those in Wave Three, is off for Boston. Wave Three is made up of the 9,000 or so runners who have qualifying times slower than 3:33:34. Wave 4, made up of runners raising money for charity and others not required to qualify, will step off at 11:25.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:00:13 PM
    At the finish line, American Tatyana McFadden told Channel 4 that her arms started to shake at mile 23, but the cheers of the crowd carried her along. She wore the name of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy killed in the bombings last year, on her back.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:02:17 PM
    Americans Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt passed 12 miles in 58:55, still with a significant lead. They went through the last mile in 4:51. They are in Wellesley, nearing the halfway point.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:02:46 PM
    Every time Shalane Flanagan grabs water and loses the lead, she races to re-take the head of the pack. But Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia is right on her heels. Mare Dibaba, also of Ethiopia, is in second place.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:03:50 PM
    The official finish times in the women's wheelchair race:
    Tatyana McFadden of Champaign, Illinois: 1:35:06
    Wakako Tsuchida of Tokyo: 1:37:24
    Susannah Scaroni of Urbana, Illinois: 1:38:33
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:05:00 PM
    Shalane Flanagan's 1:22:26 at the 25K mark projects to a 2:19:07 finish, which would be a course record.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:08:08 PM
    Four runners have won both the Olympic and Boston Marathons, three of them women.
    - Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine: Boston, 1979 and 1983; Olympics, 1984
    - Rosa Mota of Portugal: Boston, 1987, 1988, 1990; Olympics, 1988
    - Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia: Boston, 1997, 1998, and 1999; Olympics, 1996
    - Gelindo Bordin of Italy: Boston, 1990; Olympics, 1988
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:08:39 PM
    She once was mayor of Santa Cruz. Today, Katherine Biers of California - and six others - will be the oldest runners on the course. How old? They’re 81. And when Katherine finishes, she told the Globe she’ll find her son John, who’s also running, and have a Sam Adams with him: "That’s my recovery drink."
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:09:20 PM
    At this point, the large pack of elite runners trailing Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt is about 32 seconds back. They seem unconcerned about either Keflezighi, who is 38 and has a relatively slow personal best of 2:09, or Bolt, who personal best is even slower, and who has never won a important marathon.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:09:44 PM
    Sharon Cherop of Kenya, 30, bib F6, won Boston in 2012 (by just two seconds over countrywoman Jemima Jelaget Sumgong, who is in the field today), and finished third in 2011, just six seconds behind winner Caroline Kilel, also from Kenya.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:10:35 PM
    Men's leaders Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Bolt went through the half marathon mark in Wellesley in 1:04:20.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:10:52 PM
    At the 18-mile mark, Shalane Flanagan is still in the lead among the elite field of women with a 1:35:50 split. But Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia is close behind.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:11:09 PM
    Eunice Kirwa of Kenya, 28 - bib F5 - ran three marathons last year and finished in the top three in two of them. She finished second in Xiamen (2:30:00) and third in Paris (2:23:34), while finishing fifth in Frankfurt (2:23:45). Her debut marathon came in 2012 at the Asunción Maratón Internacional in Paraguay, where she ran a 2:33:43 - and won.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:12:58 PM
    Jemima Jelagat Sumgong of Kenya, bib F3, finished two seconds behind countrywoman Sharon Cherop in 2012 and is seeking her first Boston victory. She won Rotterdam in 2013 with a time of 2:23:27 and the Castellon in 2011 (2:28:32).
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:13:35 PM
    The 29-year-old Jemima Jelagat Sumgong has never finished lower than fifth in a marathon.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:14:35 PM
    At the 30K mark, the women are still on a course record pace at 1:39:18. The 30K course record is 1:40.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:14:49 PM
    At 14 miles in Wellesley, Meb Keflezighi and Josphat Boit are maintaining their lead, which is now 32 seconds over a large trailing pack. Their time of 1:08:37 projects to a finish of 2:09.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:15:50 PM
    Shalane Flanagan has fallen back in the pack into 5th place as a group of Kenyan and Ethiopian women have passed her.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:16:44 PM
    Meb Keflezighi is beginning to pull away as the men's leaders head into Newton. He has a 5 second lead on fellow American Josphat Boit, and a 45-second lead on the chase pack, which includes most of the pre-race favorites.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:18:30 PM
    Meb Keflezighi looked good as he passed 25K just before entering Newton Lower Falls. He just crossed the Charles River. His 25K time was 1:15:59, but his last 5K was under 15 minutes. He is running at a 2:08 pace, which would be below his personal best.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:20:54 PM
    There are now 5 women ahead of Shalane Flanagan. The runners from Kenya and Ethiopia have overtaken her and are now running their own race.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:22:09 PM
    At the 20-mile mark, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia was in the lead, running a 1:46:45 split.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:22:11 PM
    Meb Keflezighi has picked up the pace. His last mile, though downhill, was 4:37. He went through 16 miles in 1:18:07. Josphat Boit is fading a little. He is now 8 seconds back in second place.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:23:07 PM
    An Ethiopian woman has not won Boston since Teyba Erkesso in 2010.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 3:24:08 PM
    At mile 15, Caroline Kilel of Kenya dropped out of the race. She is a past champion, winning Boston in 2011.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:24:45 PM
    Meb Keflezighi will shortly face the stiff test of the Newton Hills. He continues to put distance between himself and second-place Josphat Boit.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:25:02 PM
    Wave 4, the last huge group of runners, has just started. The town of Hopkinton, swollen to three times its size by all the runners, spectators, and officials, can now slowly get back to its normal, sleepy self.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 3:28:02 PM
    Meb Keflezighi went through 17 miles, by Newton-Wellesley Hospital, in 1:23:06. He will shortly make the turn onto Commonwealth Avenue and into the Newton hills. His lead over Josphat Boit is now 17 seconds.
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