Live Updates from Boston.com

Live Updates from Boston.com

All the Boston Marathon information you need, including tweets, photos and videos from the course.

  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:31:20 PM
    We are still waiting for an update on the wheelchair racers, now approaching Framingham. We likely won't get one until after the elite women start in a few minutes.
  • shauna golden 4/21/2014 1:31:52 PM

    Forever #BOSTONSTRONG

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:32:06 PM
    THEY’RE OFF! The field of 21 elite women who just left the starting line in Hopkinton is the fastest in Boston Marathon history, with 10 runners recording times of 2:23:00 or faster.
  • The elite women have started the 2014 #bostonmarathon
  • Our defending champions on the women’s side, Lelisa Desisa (ETH) and Rita Jeptoo (KEN) return to lead the 16,107... fb.me/6ygwkkkqx
  • The top four women's finishers from last year, Rita Jeptoo (KEN), Meseret Hailu (ETH), Sharon Cherop (KEN), and... fb.me/6IsA0s1yj
  • The elite women runners took off from Hopkinton at 9:33 AM. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blv8Qk6IAAAnIOj.jpg

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:33:48 PM
    Shalane Flanagan of Oregon, a Marblehead native, has pulled out to an early lead in the women's race.
  • Elite Women are underway at the 2014 #BostonMarathon . Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan looking to become first American to win since 1985.
  • P.A. System and live feed television keep medical volunteers up-to-date on status, timing of runners #BostonMarathon http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blv8kGPCQAAIvan.jpg

  • Gary Dzen, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:35:13 PM
    Doug Flutie Wakes Up, Says ‘What the Heck, I’ll Run the Marathon’: Story
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:35:40 PM
    Wakako Tsuchida of Japan is in first place in the women's wheelchair race at the 5K mark with a time of 9:15.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:37:38 PM
    Shalane Flanagan still leads the women's runners, followed closely by Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia.
  • Meghan Colloton, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:38:10 PM
    Ever wonder just how long a marathon really is? Boston.com took a look at how far the runners will go today using every day items -- like Hershey bars -- (and some not-so-every-day items) for context: http://bit.ly/1kJ0Vzy




  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:38:39 PM
    Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa has the early lead in the men's wheelchair race. Through the 5K mark in Ashland he had a 15 second lead on Masazumi Soejima and Kota Hokinoue. His split was 7:45. Van Dyk is a nine-time Boston winner.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:38:39 PM
    Wakako Tsuchida of Japan finished the first five miles of the race in 15:42.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:39:27 PM
    Defending women’s wheelchair champ Tatyana McFadden did something last year that no other athlete, able-bodied or disabled, had ever done: She won four major marathons - Boston, London, Chicago, and New York - in a calendar year.
  • From @BDCSports : Amby Burfoot, '68 #BostonMarathon champion, is running in '14 for Team MR8, honoring Martin Richard. ow.ly/vZjjx
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:41:04 PM
    You can usually count on a few interesting costumes in the marathon field: Supermen, Batmen, sandwich boards, beer-can hats, keg-rollers, and the like. Not this year, thanks to the heightened security. The BAA sent every runner a reminder that banned are costumes "covering the face or any non-form-fitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body." Incidentally, the same rules apply to spectators.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:41:12 PM
    Shalane Flanagan ran the first mile in 5:11 - a marathon pace of 2:15:54. That will not be the finish time.
  • If Shalane Flanagan somehow wins today, would she become most beloved female Boston Marathon runner ever? More than Joan Benoit Samuelson?
  • Wakako Tsuchida (JPN) leads the wheelchair women at the 5 mile mark.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:42:17 PM
    In addition to Desiree Davila Linden, Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan is the USA’s best hope of a Boston win by an American woman - the first since 1985. Flanagan, who lives in Oregon, is a three-time Olympian. She finished second in New York (2:28:40) in 2010 in her marathon debut, and finished 10th at the 2012 London Olympics (2:26:07). She holds North and Central American records in the indoor 3,000- and 5,000-meter and the outdoor 10,000.
  • One of the lead media trucks. This one is for the still photographers. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blv-QtDIEAAeljW.jpg

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:44:12 PM
    The 10K split time for women's wheelchair leader Wakako Tsuchida of Japan was 19:43.
  • Went across the street to grab a bagel. Afterward, was re-routed down Clarendon for a re-sweep. Security not messing arounds, but....
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:44:23 PM
    Until Tatyana McFadden’s victory last year, a handful of women had dominated the women’s wheelchair racing field in Boston: Jean Driscoll of Illinois was the story of the 1990s, winning consecutively from 1990 to 1996. Her rival, four-time Boston victor Louise Sauvage of Australia, beat Driscoll in 1997, 1998, and 1999 and won eight marathons in her career. Lately, Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida has won regularly, grabbing the title five consecutive years from 2007 to 2011.
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:45:37 PM
    The elite men and Wave One of the remaining field of 35,000-plus are assembling at the starting line. Their race will begin in 15 minutes, at 10 a.m. The men's winner, who will come from this group, takes home $150,000. Wave 1 is made up of the top 9,000 runners, all of whom have qualifying times of 3:12:52 or better. The remaining three waves are also made up of 9,000 runners. Wave 2 starts at 10:25 a.m. and contains runners whose qualifying time is between 3:12:53 and 3:33:34. Wave 3 starts at 11 a.m. and contains runners with qualifying times slower than 3:33:35. Wave 4, which is made up of runners raising money for charity and others not required to qualify, will start at 11:25.
  • My bag has been checked twice already. Media movements restricted this year. Waiting in lines to get to secure areas. #BostonMarathon
  • A simple, makeshift memorial outside of Forum. instagram.com

  • Zeninjor Enwemeka, News... 4/21/2014 1:47:33 PM
    Explore the Boston Marathon course with this mile by mile runner's view of the course http://boston.com/sports/marathon/course/map/
  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:47:40 PM
    Today's men's field is the fastest ever for Boston. Ten runners have personal bests under 2:07:00, among them defending champion Lelisa Desisa, 24, of Ethiopia. He out-sprinted Micah Kogo of Kenya and fellow countryman Gebregziabher Gebremariam in the last mile in 2013, and is trying to become the first repeat winner since Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya won three in a row from 2006-2008. Desisa won last year despite having run a personal best of 2:04:45 only four months earlier in Dubai, an unusually quick turnaround for a marathoner. This year, he is fully rested. Desisa ran three times in Boston last year. After he won the marathon he returned for the BAA 10K in June, then set a course record of 1:00:34 in winning the BAA Half Marathon in October.
  • Surprisingly not crowded at the starting line in Hopkinton. Possible that word of security kept people away. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/Blv_oKhIMAAROA4.jpg

  • Eric Bauer, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:48:40 PM
    Also returning is Micah Kogo of Kenya, who was second last year to Lelisa Desisa in his marathon debut. Six months after his 2:10:27 in Boston he lowered his personal record by more than three minutes in finishing fourth at Chicago in 2:06:56. If he continues to improve at that rate, he'll be tough to beat. Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia, who finished third last year, and American Jason Hartmann, who finished fourth, are also in the field again today.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:48:48 PM
    If Rita Jeptoo captures her third marathon victory today, she’ll match a feat accomplished by five women before her: Rosa Mota of Portugal captured the laurel wreath in 1987, 1988, and 1990; Uta Pippig of Germany won three consecutive years, in 1994, 1995, and 1996, followed by another three-peat by Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia in 1997, 1998, and 1999. In the unofficial era, Roberta Gibb of Massachusetts and California (1966-1968) and Sara Mae Berman of Massachusetts (1969-1971) set the stage for women to run officially.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:49:04 PM
    Of course, no woman has matched the four Boston Marathon wins by Catherine Ndereba - Catherine the Great - of Kenya. She crossed the finish line first in 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005.
  • Lara Salahi, Boston.com 4/21/2014 1:49:50 PM
    Spectator in Wellesley asks Siri: "when will first wave of runners come by?"
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:49:59 PM
    The women are flying down the course in the early going, paced by American Shalane Flanagan, who stated her intention to lead the pack as much as possible today.
  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:50:38 PM
    Flanagan has hit the 5K mark in 16:10.
  • "The Star-Spangled Banner" played at 9:50. 10 minutes until the elite men's runners. http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BlwAPFfIUAArkmu.jpg

  • Teresa Hanafin 4/21/2014 1:51:10 PM
    Ever since Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia became the first African woman to win Boston (in 1997), women from that continent have dominated the race, winning 15 of the past 17 marathons here (Russians won in 2003 and 2007). However, Kenyans have outraced Ethiopians, capturing 10 of those 15 African wins.
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