Almost 32,000 runners completed the 26.2-mile journey from Hopkinton to Boston at Monday’s Boston Marathon, which took place just over a year after two bombs ripped through the finish line area and killed three spectators.
Monday’s race saw history made on several fronts: Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win Boston since 1983, Shalane Flanagan recorded the fastest time for an American woman (2:22:02) on the Boston course en route to finishing seventh, and Ernst Van Dyk won his record 10th push rim wheelchair division title.
But it was Keflezighi’s 2:08:37 performance that stole the show, as he delivered a much-needed victory to the U.S. at the world’s oldest annual marathon.
“This is for the people, for Boston Strong,” Keflezighi said. “We’re resilient as runners and we wanted to give back. This year, an American winning it, I’m just beyond words.”
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