April 19, 2004 |
The 108th running of the Boston Marathon starts shortly before noon today for a field exceeding 15,000, all united in fear and loathing for the implausible New England weather. Last night's forecast for hot weather undoubtedly delighted the half-million fans who will line the course and cheer the runners on their 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to the Boylston Street finish line in Boston. For the runners, however, a warm day is worrisome if it will be simmering in 84-degree heat, as predicted, when the field hits "Heartbreak Hill.
April 21, 1997 |
The 101st Boston Marathon starts at noon today in rural Hopkinton, Mass., offering enough mystery to fill a library shelf of whodunits, a possible showdown between the forces of Kenya and Mexico, and maybe even $1 million to some unlikely American. That much and more is in the offing as as America's best-known road race begins its second century, winding 26.2 miles through human drama and the special miseries of Heartbreak Hill before concluding at the Boylston Street finish line.
April 18, 2011 |
BOSTON - For more than a century, runners at the start of the Boston Marathon have faced a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic and a dread that Heartbreak Hill will sap their strength. Long regarded as one of the world's toughest courses, Boston has spurned professional pacesetters while encouraging tactics that favor strategy over speed. But Kenyan Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot upended that mind-set last year, dashing from Hopkinton to Copley Square in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds to shatter the course record by 1:22.
September 24, 1989 |
My wife and I want to attend the 1990 Boston Marathon. Do you know of any travel packages built around the event? We're especially interested in tickets for the viewing areas at the end of the race. Marathon Tours of Boston offers packages that include discounted air fare and accommodations at 11 hotels ranging in price from $60 to $150 per night. Most of the hotels are located near the race's end at the John Hancock Tower. The company also offers a $12 tour of the marathon course, and for next year's race, which will be on April 16, is considering adding other activities such as whale watching.
April 18, 1988 |
The nation's oldest footrace will be contested for the 92d time today in what may be the most international Boston Marathon ever. Although $315,000 in prize money and two Mercedes-Benz automobiles comprise the booty of Boston, those rewards are hardly all the race has to offer this year. The Olympic Games are only five months away, and today's 26-mile, 385-yard endurance test will serve as the Olympic trial for three nations. Finland will pick its male and female Olympic marathoners off their performances today, while Kenya and Tanzania each will use the race to determine its men's marathoners.
April 19, 1988 |
The one-day-old world marathon record remained intact, but there weren't any complainers among Boston's demanding sports fans. Not when the cheering Patriots Day crowds had just seen the greatest finish in the 92-year history of the Boston Marathon. After running shoulder to shoulder on the glistening wet roads for the last five miles yesterday, Kenya's Ibrahim Hussein outkicked Tanzania's Juma Ikangaa about 30 yards from the finish line to win in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 43 seconds.
April 14, 1991 |
Roger Schell proudly points to the two photographs of himself that were taken two years apart. The one shot in May 1987 shows an overweight man sitting placidly on a front porch. His shoulders are slouched, his hair disheveled. Schell weighed 210 at the time. In July 1989, Schell, a teacher in the Pennsbury School District, was hardly the same man. At a svelte 160 pounds, Schell, in the other photo, stands proudly next to a friend as they shake hands. The two are dressed in running garb and are smiling at the camera.
April 20, 2009 |
Defending champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya will go for his fifth Boston Marathon title today, and Dire Tune of Ethiopia will try to repeat as the women's winner in the world's longest-running annual marathon. Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher are the top U.S. man and woman in their respective fields. Joining them at the Hopkinton, Mass., starting line will be more than 25,000 runners. College football Army football great Felix "Doc" Blanchard, the 1945 Heisman Trophy winner, died Saturday at age 84 at his home in Bulverde, Texas, his family said.
April 23, 2014 |
IF A PICTURE paints a thousand words, this was an American classic. A runner collapsed near the finish line of yesterday's Boston Marathon, not far from where the first bomb exploded last year. Wesley Lowery, a photographer for the Washington Post, tweeted pictures of what happened next. First one runner stopped to help. Then three more. Two lifted the exhausted runners by the legs, while the other two grabbed his arms. Together, the five crossed the finish line, prompting what Lowery called "the loudest cheer I've heard today.
April 19, 2015 |
Kim Lewullis and Nikki Watts have a lot of things in common. They live on the same block in the same style house in Collegeville. They both teach at the YMCA. They both have three children. This makes sense because they were born minutes apart. They're twins. They do one more thing together, too: They run. On Monday, they'll run their second Boston Marathon. "We try to do all of our long runs together," said Lewullis, 40, who is older by two minutes. "Knowing that we're in this together provides strength and just peace of mind.