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116th Boston Marathon Live Blog (2012)

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Live blog coverage of the 116th Boston Marathon taking place on April 16, 2012.

10:10pm – Great day! Enjoyed covering the race and congrats to all who finished the Boston Marathon earlier today.

6:10pm – Other RIF members finishing today’s race included Stewart Crouch in an impressive 3:49:02 and Scott Stader who braved off heat exhaustion to rally for a 7:13:58 finish.

5:10pm – It appears that Dallas Smith finished 2nd in his age group. He’s going to be not too happy about that but still an impressive day from the 71-year old.

5:05pm – Former NFL Great Tedy Bruschi Finishes the Boston Marathon

4:31pm – Early Boston Marathon leader Glenn Randall finished in 2:37:13. Still good enough for 6oth overall. he made it exciting early on.

3:36pm – Kenneth ‘Marathon Koach’ Williams finishes yet another Boston Marathon. This time with a time of 4:53:52 in tough conditions. Impressive as ‘Koach’ has been battling some health issues the past few months.

3:11pm – RIF #105 Kathy Shirley finishes the Boston Marathon with a time of 4:30:17.

3:11pm – RIF #65 Jonathan Harrison finishes his first Boston Marathon with a time of 4:23:31.

2:11pm – 71-year old RIF Member Dallas Smith finishes the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:45:25. An amazing time in such tough conditions for the legendary Dallas (8:35 pace).

Dallas via Twitter after the race, “Marathons blow. 3:45. That wudn’t win a cake walk.. Started slow, then tapered off. Didn’t try to go fast & it wudn’t have helped if I had.”

2:03pm – RIF Member Ashley Hook finishes in 3:58:07

1:58pm – RIF Member Nadia Ruiz Gonzales finishes in 3:32:30.

1:24pm – Some reports are saying that over 5,000 runners took the deferment for next year that the BAA was offering due to the heat this year.

1:18pm – RIF #70 Chuck ‘Marathonjunkie’ Engle finishes the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:58:24 (6:48 pace).

1:06pm – 72-year old Dallas Smith, of Run It Fast, has hit the 30k mark at 2:37:02 (8:25 pace). Will he win his age group? He’s been training hard all of 2012 to do just that. He finished second last year.

12:51pm – Half marathon splits for Run It Fast – Club Members: Marathonjunkie Engle 1:26:55, Ashley Hook 1:50:27, Nadia Gonzales 1:41:44, Dallas Smith 1:48:47, Stewart Crouch 1:52:07, Kathy Shirley 2:02:41, Jonathan Harrison 2:00:07, Kenneth Williams 2:12:29, Scott Stader 2:52:28.

12:19pm – Wesley Korir Wins the 116th Boston Marathon (Results)

12:14pm – KENYAN WESLEY KORIR WINS THE 2012 BOSTON MARATHON. Congrats to the University of Louisville graduate.

12:12pm – Wesley Korir has taken over the lead and will likely hold on to win. Wesley’s brother was killed by a black mamba snake in Kenya? So say the BM commentators. Korir started a hospital in his brother’s memory.

12:10pm – Korir has closed the lead to 5 meters once again. Korir has some bounce. American Hartmann is up to 4th place.

12:08pm – Matebo saw his lead disappear in a matter of seconds but appears to be pushing away again but Wesley Korir is remaining close in second.

12:07pm – Sharon Cherop Wins the 2012 Boston Marathon (Female Results)

12:02pm – Sharon Cherop has exploded off in the last 1/2 mile like a rocket ship to win the 2012 Boston Marathon.

11:59am – Going to be a very close finish for the women. Less than a mile remaining for the ladies.

11:55am – American Jason Hartmann is in 7th place. Matebo continues to lead. Baring an injury Matebo should win. Kisorio (2nd) is fading a bit.

11:54am – Levy Matebo continues to look strong and is not being challenged at the moment.

11:53am – Run It Fast member Monkey Trent Rosenbloom has hit mile 6 of the Boston Marathon – BANDIT!!!!

11:51am – Run It Fast – The Club (details) now has members in 34 states since launching 6 weeks ago.

11:45am – Men are less than 5 miles from the finish line. Matebo is looking really strong as he is starting to build a bit of a lead.

11:44am – Sharon Cherop is really pushing the pace for the women. But it’s going to be a close finish.

11:42am – Geoffrey Mutai, who ran the fastest marathon ever last year at Boston, has dropped out of the race due to cramping around the 30k mark.

11:36am – Kisorio and Matebo are side by side as they reach mile 19 (1:34:50)

11:35am – Tweet from push rim Boston Marathon winner: Josh Cassidy – Just won the 2012 Boston Marathon! AmaIng!: post race ress conference now!

11:34am – Boston Marathon – Men: Kisorio and Matebo in a two person meet now. At mile 18, the leaders used a 4:57 split to pace the field in 1:30:01.

11:31am – Cherop, Dado, Sumgong, Rono are the women in the lead pack at mile 20.

11:30am – Kilel has dropped back and out of the lead pack of women. Commentators are saying that she hasn’t been the same since running into volunteers about a mile back.

11:24am – Run It Fast – The Club members Marathonjunkie Engle, Nadia Ruiz Gonzales, Ashley Hook, Kathy Shirley, Stewart Crouch, Jonathan Harrison, Scott Stader and Kenneth Williams have already hit the 10k mark. Engle at 41:04, Hook at 50:15, Gonzales 47:40, Shirley 56:02, Crouch 52:11, Williams 1:02:03, Harrison 56:47, Stader 1:13:00. No word yet on Dallas Smith.

11:22am – Horrible move by two water volunteers creates a human barricade for several elite women. Bad, bad, bad move vols!

11:21am – Mathew Kisorio (Kenya) is starting to push the pace for the men.

11:16am – Boston Marathon – Women: 17 mile update: Kilel and Cherop holding the lead, 1:39:29/5:59 split

11:15am – American Jason Hartmann remains in the lead pack. He’s a tall dude..like 6’3″. Very Estesish

11:14am – Kilel still leads the women at mile 16. Temps have hit the low 80s.

11:11am – Dickson Chumba (Kenya) was the leader (of a large pack) at the halfway point in 1:06:11.

10:58am – Michael Butter (Netherlands) is currently leading the men.

10:48am – The elite men are through mile 9 with Levy Matebo (KEN) in the lead at 45:11.

10:46am – Boston Marathon JH – Passing mile 8 at 40:07, #bostonmarathon elite men are running in a pack at a 5:06 per mile pace, taking lots of water.

10:44am – Glenn Randall has been ‘swallowed’ up by the elite-elites and is no longer in the lead.

10:39am – Elite women at 2:39 marathon pace.

10:38am – Josh Cassidy wins men’s Boston Marathon push rim in new world record of 1:18:25

10:34am – Josh Cassidy is on pace for a new world record in the men’s wheelchair.

10:30am – Boston Marathon Media Room via Boston Marathon JH

10:25am – Randall was a cross country skier in college at Dartmouth.

10:22am – At mile 5, Randall has a 23 second lead. Randall has a good 20 pounds on the other elites.

10:20am – Randall’s 5k time was 15:05.

10:16am – Glenn Randall made his marathon debut last year at the Chicago Marathon. He ran a 2:20:40 there. He is from Mesa, Illinois (said Colorado on tv feed) and is 25 years old.

10:14am – Commentator: Randall (American) “doesn’t have the body of an elite marathoner. He’s huge!”

10:13am – Elite men have hit mile 2 in 9:42.

10:12am – Caroline Kilel (Kenya) is the women’s leader at mile 6.

10:10am – Glen Randall (sp) is the current male leader. Would be a Ruthian miracle if that was the winner at the end of the day.

10:08am – Women at 2 hour 38 min pace. Slow pace to start.

10:07am – Boston Marathon – Women: After 5 miles, Sharon Cherop sets the pace 30:05/5:58 split

10:06am – Can’t Stop Endurance – Great advice from Scott Jurek “Be humble, Respect conditions & adjust goals. Sometimes it’s not a PR day”

10:04am – Oldest qualifying male 83 years old and female 81 years old.

10:03am – Announcers are saying those that qualified to run Boston should be fine today in the heat. However, those that are charity or bandit runners could have issues.

10:01am – Mental Floss – At the first Boston Marathon in 1897, Tom Burke dragged his heel across the dirt to make the starting line, then shouted, “Go!”

10:00am – And the elite men are off…

9:59am – Boston is an amazing event, but there are hundreds of really great marathons and ultramarathons in the United States alone every year. Don’t get the Boston blues if you can’t get in to Boston at this time. Run another marathon. Will make Boston even that much sweeter one day if you get into it.

9:57am – Wesley Korir, from Kenya, graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Biology. He started his college career at Murray State. Murray State dropped their track and field program which led to Korir transferring to Louisville.

9:53am – Boston Marathon Elevation Chart

9:52am – Today is the 30th Boston Marathon for Dick Hoyt (71-years old) who pushes his now 50-year old son Rick. (Read more on their inspirational story HERE).

9:51am – Boston Marathon – Women: Elite field split at 2 miles is 6:02 – slightly picking up the pace. Fujita heading the pack

9:50am – 10 minutes away from the elite men starting.

9:45am – I’m sure many today will wish they had an ice hat. The one I had during my Vol State 500K saved me. Sun flaps and a zipper pouch on top to keep ice in to keep the head cooled.

9:44am – Boston Marathon – Women: Elite field pace at 1 mile is 6:15

9:42am – Over 500,000 expected spectators today. Thousands more will be watching and/or following online.

9:40am – Will Geoffrey Mutai be able to repeat today? Possible but no way he will come near last year’s world record time he set.

9:36am – Last year the temperature for the race was in the 50’s. Near perfect conditions. Temps in the 60’s at the start today and expected to reach the mid 80’s for those back in the field.

9:35am – About 25 minutes away until the elite men start.

9:32am – And the elite women are off at the Boston Marathon. About 30 women in this pack.

9:30am – Live feed of the race is available at UniversalSports.com

9:29am – Meb Keflezighi, who will be representing the United States at the 2012 London Olympics, is the grand marshall for the race today.

9:28am – The elite women are being introduced.

9:27am – The elites are all at the starting area getting loose and ready to run in rather warm running conditions. The BAA issued several statements over the weekend regarding the anticipated heat today.

9:26am – Push Rim Wheelchairs have started!

9:25am – RUN IT FAST – The CLUB members (details on joining) running the Boston Marathon this morning include

Kenneth Williams – RIF #28

Scott Stader – RIF #40

Trent Rosenbloom – RIF #57

Jonathan Harrison – RIF #65

Nadia Gonzales – RIF #69

Marathonjunkie – RIF #70

Dallas Smith – RIF #79

Stewart Crouch – RIF #89

Ashley Hook – RIF #97

Kathy Shirley – RIF #105

Complete List of Run It Fast – The Club Members Running Boston

9:22am – Where every marathoner wants to be on Patriots' Day #rwb... on Twitpic Where everyone wants to be this morning. The start of the Boston Marathon.

9:20am – 10 minutes away from the start of the 116th Boston Marathon.

9:15am – The Push Rim Wheelchair Division starts at 9:17AM! Last year, Japan’s Masazumi Soejima (M) and Wakako Tsuchida (W) swept the division per @BostonMarathon

9:10am – John Hancock has set a prize purse for today’s race of $806,000 plust $220,000 in performance bonuses according to the BAA.

9:30am – Live coverage begins.

Will be providing live updates on Run It Fast Club Members as they hit certain checkpoints as well throughout the race.

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Joshua Holmes has completed 197 marathons/ultramarathons while running 100+ miles 43 including races such as the Badwater 135, Western States 100, The Last Annual Vol State 500K (3x). His favorite races to date are the Vol State 500K, Badwater 135, Barkley Fall Classic, Catalina Eco Marathon, Chimera 100, Across The Years, Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, Tunnel Hill 100, RUTS, EC100 and the Flying Monkey Marathon in his home state of Tennessee. Follow @bayou Follow @joshuaholmes on Instagram

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