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Rita Jeptoo Wins the 2014 Boston Marathon (Top Female Results)

Rita Jeptoo Wins the 2014 Boston Marathon (Top Female Results)

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo won the 118th Boston Marathon for the women moments ago with a course record time of 2:18:57. It was Rita’s third Boston Marathon win and back to back win after winning last year as well.

Second and third place went to Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba and Mare Dibaba respectively.

Top 10 Boston Marathon Female Finishers
1. Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 2:18:57
2. Buzunesh Deba (ETH) 2:19:59
3. Mare Dibaba (ETH) 2:20:35
4. Jemima Jelagat Sumgong 2:20:41
5. Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 2:21:28
6. Aleksandra Duliba (BLR) 2:21:29
7. Shalane Flanagan (USA) 2:22:02
8. Sharon Cherop (KEN) 2:23:00
9. Philes Ongori (KEN) 2:23:22
10. Desiree Linden (USA) 2:23:54

Meb Keflezighi Wins the 2014 Boston Marathon (Top 10 Male Results)

Congrats to Rita on the repeat and her third Boston Marathon finish. Props also to American Shalane Flanagan who ran an extremely strong race leading from the start until around mile 20 as well as to fellow American Desiree Linden on her top 10 finish..

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2012 Boston Marathon Field of Elite Runners

2012 Boston Marathon Field of Elite Runners

Here is a look at the elite runners taking part of the 2012 Boston Marathon on Monday according to the Boston Athletic Association.

John Hancock’s 2012 Elite Boston Marathon Field

MEN

Name  (Country)                                          Personal Best
Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya)                                2:03:02 (Boston, 2011) CR, WB
Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia)                2:04:53 (Boston, 2011)
Levy Matebo (Kenya)                                    2:05:16 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Wilson Chebet (Kenya)                               2:05:27 (Rotterdam, 2011)
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Kenya)        2:05:52 (Boston, 2010)
Laban Korir (Kenya)                                    2:06:05 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Wesley Korir (Kenya)                                  2:06:15 (Chicago, 2011)
Bernard Kipyego (Kenya)                           2:06:29 (Chicago, 2011)
David Barmasai (Kenya)                            2:07:18 (Dubai, 2011)
Dickson Chumba (Kenya)                         2:07:23 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Josphat Ndambiri (Kenya)                         2:07:36 (Fukuoka, 2011)
Peter Kamais (Kenya)                                 2:07:37 (Xiamen, 2012) CR
Mathew Kisorio (Kenya)                              2:10:58 (New York, 2011)
Frankline Chepkwony (Kenya)                  2:10:59 (Nairobi, 2011)
Jason Hartmann (USA)                              2:11:06 (Chicago, 2010)
Michel Butter (Netherlands)                       2:12:59 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Antonio Vega (USA)                                     2:13:47 (Boston, 2010)

WOMEN

Name  (Country)                                          Personal Best
Aselefech Mergia (Ethiopia)                      2:19:31 (Dubai, 2012) CR, NR
Galina Bogomolova (Russia)                   2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006)
Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia)                           2:21:59 (Frankfurt, 2011) CR
Caroline Kilel (Kenya)                                2:22:36 (Boston, 2011)
Sharon Cherop (Kenya)                             2:22:42 (Boston, 2011)
Ashu Kasim (Ethiopia)                               2:23:09 (Xiamen, 2012)
Firehiwot Dado (Ethiopia)                         2:23:15 (New York City, 2011)
Buzunesh Deba (Ethiopia)                        2:23:19 (New York City, 2011)
Rita Jeptoo (Kenya)                                    2:23:38 (Boston, 2006)
Agnes Kiprop (Kenya)                                2:23:54 (Frankfurt, 2011)
Caroline Rotich (Kenya)                            2:24:26 (Boston, 2011)
Georgina Rono (Kenya)                             2:24:33 (Eindhoven, 2011) CR
Alevtina Biktimirova (Russia)                 2:25:12 (Frankfurt, 2005)
Genet Getaneh (Ethiopia)                          2:25:57 (Amsterdam, 2011)
Tatyana Pushkareva (Russia)                  2:26:14 (Boston, 2010)
Diana Sigei (Kenya)                                    2:26:53 (Dubai, 2011)
Nadezdha Leonteva (Russia)                   2:31:57 (Moscow, 2011)

CR=Course Record
WB=World Best
NR=National Record

[source: BAA]

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ESPN 2011 Body Issue (Bodies We Want Issue)

Ryan Hall Nude in ESPN’s ‘Bodies We Want 2011′ Issue

Elite marathoner and devout Christian Ryan Hall is nude as can be in ESPN’s 2011 ‘Bodies We Want‘ issue.

In the photo, Hall is seen running nude through the woods while displaying his perfect form that led to his fastest U.S. marathon time ever at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

The issue often ruffles up feathers and creates controversy for the athletes included in the spreads.

I have to admit that Hall is one of the last athletes I expected to see baring all for the camera in the 2011 edition.

You can view Hall’s perfect naked running form through the woods HERE at ESPN (SFW).

You can view all of the 2011 ‘Bodies We Want’ photo spreads HERE at ESPN.

Other athletes including in the ‘Body Issue’ include: Hope Solo, Blake Griffin, Jose Reyes, Alicia Sacramone, Steven Jackson, Gretchen Bleiler, Zera Zvonareva, Belen Mozo, Sylvia Fowles, Natasha Hastings, Julie Chu, Jon Jones, Apolo Anton Ohno, Sergio Martinez, Ryan Kesler, Stephanie Gilmore, Jeremy Campbell, Suzy Hotrod, Kelly Kulick, Louie Vito, and Helio Castroneves.

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Ryan Hall – Bottom of His 2011 Boston Marathon Shoe 2:04 Fear the Four

Live Blog: 2011 Boston Marathon (Results)

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2011 Boston Marathon Live Blog Coverage:

RESULTS: Geoffrey Mutai Sets Running World On Fire With 2:03:02 Boston Marathon Win (Male Results)

RESULTS: Kenyan Caroline Kilil Wins 2011 Boston Marathon (Female Results)

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5:52pm – Southern running legend Dink Taylor ran a very fast 2:57:46 today.  He’s been running sub-3′s for thirty years now!

4:03pm – The Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 in today’s Patriots Day game.

3:57pm – Check out the message Ryan Hall wrote on the bottom of his shoe before today’s 2011 Boston Marathon, “2:04 For the Poor!?!?!” – what time did Ryan run? He was prophetic in running a 2:04:56

3:39pm Geoffrey Mutai on his record breaking Boston Marathon win, “I am fulfilling my dream.”

3:37pm – 71-year old Dallas Smith finished 2nd in the 70-74 age bracket with his finishing time of 3:23:05. Simply amazing!

3:35pm – Ryan Hall via Twitter, “I’m still in shock…what an amazing day. God exceeded my wildest expectations. Congrats to everyone who finished!”

3:25pm – Other notable finishers: Brad Box 3:34:08, Gary Krugger 2:54:18, Morgan Cummings 4:37:08, Joan Benoit Samuelson 2:51:29, Chuck Engle 2:46?

2:40pm – Congrats to Corinth’s Kenneth Williams (@MarathonKoach) finishing yet another Boston Marathon. He came across today in 4:08:02.

2:25pm – Congrats to Run It Fast’s Chris Estes (@run_beast) in finishing his first Boston Marathon in 4:04:49.

2:00pm – Ashland City’s Jeff Matlock has finished in 3:33:13. Congrats on another BQ!

1:30pm – The amazing Dallas Smith (@smithbend), 71-years young, finishes the Boston Marathon with a time fo 3:23:05

1:17pm – Gary Allen finished in 2:55. His 5th consecutive decade with a sub 3 hour finish.

1:05pm – Josh Hite finishes the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:04:41. Congrats!

1:00pm – Mutai’s fastest marathon ever of 2:03:02 won’t count as the official world record because the Boston course is not an official ‘world record’ course.

12:55pm – American Kara Goucher, “”My plan was to run with pack as long as possible. It was a big step. It was tough, but I was please to get a PR (2:24:52).”

12:53pm – Second place female finisher, American Desiree Davila, “The last six miles were USA! USA! I imagine the Olympics are like that. It was the most excitement I’ve ever had in a race.”

12:50pm – Josh Hite hit 30K awhile back at a 6:32 pace. Dallas Smith at 30K was on a 7:41 pace.

12:47pm – Kenneth Williams half marathon time – 2:01:51. Keep trucking, Ken!

12:46pm – Jeff Matlock 30K pace is at 7:47.

12:14pm – Will be updating with results as they become official. One of the most exciting Boston Marathons of all-time. Great day for Mutai, Killel, Davila and Hall.

12:05pm – Here comes Ryan Hall in 4th place with an amazing time, fastest USA time ever of 2:04:58. Amazing day for Hall. He had left his coach in the past year to train himself. Whatever he is doing appears to be working.

12:04pm – 1. Geoffrey Mutai 2:03:02, 2. Moses Mosop 2:03:05, 3. Gebre Gebremariam 2:04:54, 4. Ryan Hall 2:04:56

12:03pm – KENYA’s GEOFFREY MUTAI WINS IN 2:03:02.  The course record was 2:05:52.

12:03pm – Mutai has really pulled away and has a 25 foot lead or so.

12:02pm – Mutai is pushing the pace towards the finish line. Mosop is about 18 inches behind him.

12:00pm – ONE MILE TO GO FOR THE MEN. Will it be Mutai or Mosop in his marathon debut?

11:58am – Mutai and Mosop continue to battle head-t0-head for the men at the 1:58:00 mark. It looks like a course record will fall again.

11:55am - Kenya’s Caroline Kilel wins the 115th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:22:36. American Desiree Davila finished in a very strong second. Kenya’s Timbilili finishs back in third.

11:55am – Killel has a last kick left and looks as if she is going to win the 115th Boston Marathon for the women.

11:54am – HERE COMES DESIREE DAVILA. 300 Meters to go.

11:53am – Davila is back in third but not dead yet.  Here she goes and passes both women for the lead.  She is kicking to hold it.  One Kenyan has fallen off.  Killel has retaken the lead. It looks like it will be either Davila or Killel.

11:51am – Moses Mosop, currently in the lead, is running his marathon debut today.

11:50am – Mutai and Mosop are currently 1-2 for the men.

11:48am – (F) 1985 was the last time an American woman won the Boston Marathon.

11:47am – (F) Davila is still in the lead at the 2:16:00 mark at the Citgo sign.

11:45am – Hall is 57 seconds behind Mutai.

11:44am – (F) Davila skips water as Killel and Timbilili grab fluids. She takes the lead with the move.

11:43am – (F) Davila is in the lead of a pack of three that includes herself, Killel, and Timbilili.

11:42am – Mutai’s 20 mile time 1:34:05 (4:32)

11:40am – Geoffrey Mutai has taken the lead and left everyone behind.  He has about a 8 second lead currently.

11:39am – (F) Davila is still in the lead at 2:07:00. Killel might be holding back a bit to out sprint her at the end.

11:33am – Ryan Hall 30K time 1:28:23 (4:44)

11:32am – Davila and Killel keep taking the lead. Killel’s gazelle legs make it look effortless for her. Davila keeps battling back to push the pace though.

11:30am – A very exciting 115th Boston Marathon so far.

11:28am – The women are about 25 minutes away from the finish line.  The men 35 minutes.

11:27am – (F) American Desiree Davila is currently battling for the female lead.  Davila is from Arizona State.

11:25am – Ryan Hall has the lead once again (1:24:50).

11:23am – Hall has surged back to the lead back and is making a push to get the lead again.

11:20am – Here are some 25K splits for the men: Hall 1:13:25 (4:43), Mutai 1:13:16 (4:42), Yegon 1:13:28 (4:43), R.K. Cheruiyot 1:13:26 (4:43), Evans Cheruiyot 1:13:26 (4:43).

11:19am – Jeff Matlock 10K time of 45:39 (7:20 pace).

11:18am – 71 yr old Dallas Smith hit 10K at 47:33 (7:39 pace).

11:17am – The head of the male field is as follows Daba, Mutai, R.K Cheruiyot, and Kipchumba. They are 1 hour 17 minutes in. Approximately 48 minutes to go.

11:16am – Chris Estes hit the 10K mark at 45:13 (7:16 pace)

11:15am – (F) Smith has now been passed by 5 runners. She had a great race up until this point at 1:43:05.

11:13am – Daba and several guys took off with Daba to put Ryan Hall in their dust. Hall is back 10 runners back now and several seconds. Daba is really pushing the pace now.

11:11am – BREAKING: (F) Kim Smith is injured. She pulled up lame for a bit but is back running and trying to work through it. No way she can for the remainder.  It looked a good bit more severe than just a cramp.

11:09am – (F) Smith looks like she is starting to labor a bit as the field continues to close in on her.  It doesn’t look like she will be able to hold onto the lead for the next 44 minutes.

11:06am – Hall hit 20K at 58:42.

11:06am – (F) Smith’s lead is down to 36 seconds.

11:05am – (F) The pack is starting to narrow Kim Smith’s lead.  We will know soon if she burned too much energy over the first 25K.

11:04am – (F) American Kara Goucher is fading a bit. She is about 15 runners back in the women’s field. This is her first marathon since having a baby.

10:59am – Ryan Hall doing his best Hulk Hogan impersonation trying to amp up the girls of Wellesley College to get louder as the elite men run through.

10:58am – (F) Tsuchida wins her fifth straight female Push Rim wheelchair marathon.

10:50am – (F) Kim Smith hit the half way point in 1:10:52.

10:49am – Bekana Daba is now the nearest elite. Running just a couple of feet behind Hall.

10:46am – Kim Smith’s 20K time 1:07:11.

10:45am – Ryan Hall’s 8 mile pace is 4 minutes 43 seconds per mile. That’s ffffast!

10:44am – Josh Hite hit the 10K mark at 39:49 (6:24 pace)

10:43am – (F) Smith has increased her lead to 53 seconds.

10:40am – Hall has surged to the lead again. It looks as if he has about a 30 foot lead, 39 minutes into their race.

10:37am – Nearing the finish of the wheelchair race….Japan’s Masazumi Soejima wins the Push Rim wheelchair race in 1:18:50.  Huge win for him and Japan. God’s speed!

10:36am – R.K. Cheruiyot has a small lead for the men.

10:28am – Receiving 10K times for the elite men. Cheruiyot 29:06 (4:40 pace), Hall 29:07, Yegon 29:07, Tola 29:06, Mutai 29:08

10:27am – (F) Kim Smith is currently running at a 2:21 pace.

10:26am – Hall hit the 5K mark awhile back at 14:29.

10:25am – Last year’s winner, and course record holder, R.K. Cheruiyot is on Hall’s right shoulder.

10:24am – 15 runners currently in the male elite lead pack. About 15 runners in the group.

10:22am – (F) Kim Smith continues to dominate for the women. She has about a 35 second lead, 50 minutes into the race.

10:21am – Hall’s pace for mile 4 was 4:32.

10:20am – The field has now caught Hall.  The elite pack has about 25-30 runners in it.

10:19am – A new Boston Marathon course record could happen today. The temperatures are cool and there is a strong tailwind.  Perfect day to Run It Fast in Boston.

10:16am – Hall continues to lead but the field is close within range.  Hall clapping a few spectator’s hands along the way.

10:13am – The elite male pack is not letting Hall get beyond a 25 foot lead or so.

10:11am – Hall is continuing to push the pace.  Hall’s first mile 4 minutes and 36 seconds!!! FAST! Second mile 4:32.  The tailwind is kind to the runners today.

10:10am – (F) Kim Smith continues to pull away from the elite women. None of the other elites seems too concerned so far.

10:04am – Hall has taken the lead for the third year in a row. I’m not the only one questioning his approach this morning.

10:01am – Ryan Hall, perhaps having not learned from last year’s Boston Marathon, has taken the early lead.

10:00am EDT – 2011 Boston Marathon Elites and 1st Wave has STARTED!

9:59am – 1 minute until the elite men begin!

9:58am – Kim Smith came through the 5K mark at 16:41. She has about a 30 second lead.

9:56am – 71-yr old Dallas Smith will be the odd’s on favorite to win his age division today. Dallas is a regular contributor here on Run It Fast.

9:55am – Chris Estes is wanting to go sub 3 hours today. Will he do it? His best and BQ time is 3:11 from Tupelo last year.

9:52am – Less than 10 minutes until the elite men start.

9:44am – New Zealand’s Kim Smith has taken the early lead about 5K into the women’s race.  She has about a 150 yard lead. Is she going out too hard?

9:40am – According to BAA, 80 year-old Sister Madonna Buder is the oldest competitor registered in this year’s race!

9:35am – The elite women have started as well now. (Elite Women Field)

9:31am – The hand cyclists and visually impaired have begun.

9:30am – 49 degrees at the start line in Hopkinton currently.

9:25am – Click HERE to view all of the Elite Runners in today’s marathon field.

9:20am – Run It Fast contributors and readers we will be keeping up with throughout the live blog will include Chris Estes (pictured above), Dallas Smith, Jeff Matlock, Kenneth Williams, and Josh Hite among others.

9:10am EDT – 50 Minutes until the start of the 2011 Boston Marathon

2011 Boston Marathon Top Results as they happen.

Good luck to all participants running the 115th Boston Marathon!

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Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot – Boston Marathon 2010 Winner

Elite Runners at the 2011 Boston Marathon

Here is a look at the elite marathoners running the 2011 Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, April 18, 2011.

LIVE BLOG: 2011 Boston Marathon (Results)

Elite Boston Marathon Men

  • Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Kenya) – 2:05:52 – Boston 2010 (Defending Champ)
  • Ryan Hall (United States) – Best Marathon 2:06:17 – London Marathon 2007
  • Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) – 2:04:55 – Rotterdam Marathon 2010
  • Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia) – 2:08:14 NYC Marathon 2010
  • Alistair Cragg (Ireland) – Marathon Debut
  • Evans Cheruiyot (Kenya)
  • Bekana Daba (Ethiopia)
  • Tadese Tola (Ethiopia)
  • Robert Kipchumba (Kenya)
  • Gilbert Yegon (Kenya)
  • Moses Kigen Kipkosgei (Kenya)
  • Moses Mosop (Kenya) – Marathon Debut

Elite Boston Marathon Women

  • Teyba Erkesso (Ethiopia)
  • Tatyana Pushkareva (Russia)
  • Dire Tune (Ethiopia)
  • Kara Goucher (United States)
  • “Queen” Catherine Ndereba (Kenya) – 4-time Boston Marathon Champion
  • Florence Kiplagat (Kenya)
  • Desiree Davila (United States)
  • Blake Russell (United States)
  • Kim Smith (New Zealand)

The male and female winner of the 2011 Boston Marathon will each receive $150,000.00 in prize money out of a prize pot of $806,000.00.

Related 2011 Boston Marathon Stories

[source: BAA]

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Elite Marathoner Josh Cox’s 3 Tips for Finishing Your First Marathon (Video)


Elite marathon runner Josh Cox shares three of his best tips in this video for finishing your first marathon or half marathon.

Cox won the 2010 Las Vegas Marathon with a time of 2:25:06.

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2010 Chicago Marathon Champion sammy Wanjiru

Sammy Wanjiru Wins 2010 Chicago Marathon Over Tsegaye Kebede (Results)

Kenyan Sammy Wanjiru won the 2010 Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning (October 10, 2010) over Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede with a time of 2:06:23.  Kebede with the win, won the World Marathon Championship and took home an additional $500,000 dollars.

Elite Men’s Results

  1. Sammy Wanjiru (Kenyan) – 2:06:23
  2. Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) – 2:06:42
  3. Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) – 2:08:10
  4. Wesley Korir (Kenya) – 2:08:45
  5. Vincent Kipruto (Ethiopia) – 2:09:07
  6. Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (Kenya) – 2:09:28
  7. Laban Moiben (Kenya) – 2:10:47
  8. Jason Hartmann (USA) – 2:11:06
  9. Ridouane Harroufi (MAR) – 2:13:01
  10. Mike Sayenko (USA) – 2:14:27

Elite Women’s Results

  1. Lilya Shobukhova (Russia) – 2:20:25
  2. Astede Baysa (Ethiopia) – 2:23:40
  3. Maria Konovalova (Russia) – 2:23:49
  4. Desiree Davila (USA) – 2:26:20
  5. Irina Mikitenko (Germany) – 2:26:40
  6. Mamitu Daska (Ethiopia) – 2:28:29
  7. Magdalena Lewy-Boulet (USA) – 2:28:44
  8. Kaori Yoshida (Japan) – 2:29:45
  9. Jia Chaofeng (China) – 2:30:34
  10. Tera Moody (USA) – 2:30:52

Lilya and Sammy both repeated as winners of the Chicago Marathon.  Both also won the World Marathon Championship and $500,000 with their wins.

American male Jason Hartmann had a great marathon finishing in 2:11:06.

MORE 2010 CHICAGO MARATHON FULL RESULTS

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Dallas Smith Caribbean Marathon Story

The King of Caribbean Marathons and a Boy Who Wanted a Watch

(Below is an excerpt from a short story by elite runner Dallas Smith. Click the link at the bottom of this post to read the rest full story.)

The King of Caribbean Marathons and a Boy Who Wanted a Watch by Dallas Smith

It seemed likely I’d never find Jason. A couple months after I’d sent an e-mail inquire to the race director, I quit thinking about it. Then a message suddenly arrived from Gail Jackson. “I know that kid,” she said.

Gail owned the hotel in Negril where I’d stayed and she’d worked on the marathon’s registration committee. “I was at his school yesterday…and asked if after the race did he go for a swim and talk to a white man?” she wrote. The boy’s answer had been yes. He was the one. His real name was Oraine.

I promptly mailed one of my 100-lap Ironman watches to Gail to give to the boy. It was a watch I’d actually used in an Ironman triathlon. Sending him a watch I’d used seemed more personal than buying a new one. I put it in the original box with it’s instructions along with a note of good wishes from me.

A month later, Oraine sent a letter thanking me. He liked to draw, and he included a pencil-drawn portrait on green paper. In his letter he said, “If there is anything you want me to do for you in drawing don’t be afraid to ask.”

Read the Full Story by Dallas Smith on his website by Clicking HERE

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