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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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Berlin Marathon – Patrick Makau Winner

2011 Berlin Marathon Live Blog & Results

2011 Berlin Marathon Live Blog Coverage & Results: (REFRESH FOR UPDATES)

10:32am – 38th Berlin Marathon Male and Female Elite Results (LINK)

10:25am – UK’s Paula Radcliffe finishes 2:23:46 (unofficial)

10:20am – Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat wins the women’s title in a time of 2:19:44 (unofficial)

Patrick Makau Smashes World Record at 38th Berlin Marathon

11:04am – RECORD  NEW WORLD MARATHON RECORD for PATRICK MAKAU IN 2:03:37

11:00am – 18 seconds ahead of the pace with about 1 km to go.

10:58am – 1:57:15 at 40km for Patrick Makau (2:03:40). Less than 6 minutes til we know…

10:57am – Florence Kiplagat at 1:56:10 at the 35km mark.

10:56am – Approaching 40km for Patrick Makau. 2:03:20 projected finishing time. 39 seconds ahead of the WR pace that Haile holds.

10:53am – 10 minutes until we have a new record. Will it fall? I’ll let you know in 10 min.

10:52am – 38km for Makau

10:49am – 15 minutes til a World Record for Patrick Makau

10:47am -6km to go!

10:46am – Makau with a 2:37 lead over Haile. Edwin Kimaiyo is 2:44 back.

10:44am – 1:42:16 for Makau at the 35km. The world record is in sight. Let’s go Patrick!

10:43am – Makau is trying to repeat…he won Berlin last year.

10:36am – 51 seconds ahead of WR at 33km

10:33am – 49 seconds ahead of the world record pace at 32km for Makau.

10:30am – Patrick Makau is at the 30km mark in 1:27:38. 2:03:02 predicted finishing time which would be a new world record. 12km to go.

10:26am – Florence reached 25km in 1:23:15. Paula Radcliffe is back by a large margin now.

10:26am – Makau has a sizable lead now.

10:25am – Haile is back on the course but is over a minute back.  Never underestimate the heart of this champion, but it is looking like he will have no chance to win today.

10:24am – Haile Gebrselassie is DONE! DNF FOR HAILE – He was so strong but has stepped off the course and is done.

10:23am – Haile and Makau are starting to posture each other as the gaming is in full effect now.

10:21am – The pacemakers are falling as the leading men will have to fight it out over the last 15km to see who will win today.

10:19am – Haile Gebrselassie is showing some signs of fatigue. I’d still never bet against him. Never underestimate the heart of a champion and the world record holder.

10:16am – Patrick Makau has taken over the lead (albeit a short one) at the 25km split.  Still tightly bound near the top for the men.

10:13am – 19 seconds back is Paula from Florence at the halfway point for the women.  Florence continues to run strong (and fast). There might be something wrong with Paula who often has injuries pop up from time to time in between her greatness.

10:09am – Paula has lost 8 more seconds to Florence at the 2okm mark and is now 17 seconds back. Flo hit 20km in 1:06:32

10:04am – At the half way point the men are on a world record pace with 5 men within a second.

10:00am – Men hit 20km at 58:30

9:58am – A rather boring race to this point as the men are nearing the halfway point.

9:55am – Haile has too many pacers in my opinion. As a viewer, they make it hard to see him during the race.  I have nothing against pacers in general but they should be limited to 1 or 2 per runner.

9:52am – Florence Kiplagat is at 15km split in 49:50 with Radcliffe 9 seconds back. Radcliffe is continuing to lose distance. Commentators race side think she might be having an issue or injury.

9:46am – Haile 15km split – 43:51

9:39am – Overhead look at Paula and Flo’s lead pack (w/ Flo’s pacers)

9:34am – Paula and Florence reach 10km at 33:16.

9:32am – Very fast pace so far led by Haile. Edwin Kimaiyo and Patrick Makau are there as well.  Lead men did 11th-km in 2:55.

9:30am – Men reach 10km at 29:17 (Haile) 2:03:30 pace

9:28am – Haile and his pacing team (below).

9:23am – Florence and Paula just hit the 7km mark.  The men are at the 8.5km mark.

9:20am – Haile running at about 23 KPM

And Florence Kiplaglat is leading the women at the 5K mark in 16:37. Radcliffe is literally on her heels.

9:16am – Haile hits the 5K mark at 14:36

9:07am – Berlin is the third largest marathon in the world. 1. New York City, 2. Chicago

9:04am – 3rd time in marathon history that the male and female marathon record holders have been in the same race.

9:04am – 40,963 runners today starting the race. 23% are women.

9:03am – This is Radcliffe’s first marathon since the birth of her second child.

9:00am – And we are off!!!!! The 38th Berlin BMW Marathon is now underway.

Almost perfect conditions: Sunny, only a slight wind, 12 Celsius at the start. Humidity is still a bit high with 75 %

8:58am – Could the Berlin Marathon bibs be any bigger? Placards!!

8:57am – Paula Radcliffe is being mentioned most often at the moment on Twitter with tweets offering her the best of luck.

8:55am – Mixed field today, so sorry women….no world records (STORY!!!)

8:50am – 10 minutes til the start!  125 nations represented.

8:41am (Berlin time) – Several tweets about horrible organization at the start of the Berlin Marathon.

All of the elites are ready to try to set new World Records (or is it World Bests?)

Universal Sports LINK to Watch the Race Live

Will Paula Radcliffe win her 4th Berlin Marathon today? Or perhaps will Irina Mikitenko be able to pull off the upset?

Berlin Marathon Website

2011 Berlin Marathon Elite Field

MEN

Haile Gebrselassie ETH 18.4.1973 2:03:59
Patrick Makau KEN 2.3.1985 2:04:48
Gilbert Yegon KEN 6.8.1988 2:06:18
Driss El Himer FRA 4.4.1974 2:06:48
Hendrick Ramalaa RSA 2.2.1972 2:06:55
Samuel Kosgei KEN 20.1.1986 2:07:47
Simon Munyutu FRA 27.12.1977 2:09:24
John Kyui KEN 20.10.1984 2:10:00
Emmanuel Samal KEN 5.6.1989 2:10:27
Mikhail Lemaev RUS 23.11.1986 2:10:41
Edwin Kimaiyo KEN 9.2.1986 2:11:22
Sergey Rybin RUS 30.9.1985 2:11:48
James Theuri FRA 30.10.1978 2:12:05
Pedro Nimo ESP 5.6.1980 2:12:10
Joseph Chirlee USA 14.2.1980 2:12:10
Dan Robinson GBR 13.1.1975 2:12:13
Yohanis Abera ETH 13.1.1987 2:12:44
Falk Cierpinski GER 17.5.1978 2:13:30
Jose Moreira POR 5.5.1980 2:13:37
Martin Beckmann GER 15.7.1977 2:13:42
Jose-C. Hernandez ESP 17.3.1978 2:13:46
Martin Fagan IRL 26.6.1983 2:14:06
Ben Whitby GBR 6.1.1977 2:15:09
Andi Jones GBR 10.10.1978 2:15:20
Stefano Scaini ITA 4.5.1983 2:16:48
Markus Weiß-Latzko GER 6.7.1984 Debut

WOMEN

Paula Radcliffe GBR 17.12.1973 2:15:25
Irina Mikitenko GER 23.8.1972 2:19:19
Lidia Simon ROM 4.9.1973 2:22:54
Lidiya Grigoryeva RUS 21.1.1974 2:25:10
Tatyana Petrova RUS 8.4.1983 2:25:53
Nailya Yulamanova RUS 6.9.1980 2:26:05
Rosaria Console ITA 17.12.1979 2:26:45
Anna Incerti ITA 19.1.1978 2:27:33
Claudia Dreher GER 2.5.1971 2:27:55
Anne-Mette Aagaard DEN 5.8.1973 2:35:00
Maja Neuenschwander SUI 13.2.1980 2:35:07
Eri Okubo JPN 2.6.1983 2:35:24
Helen Decker GBR 12.9.1979 2:35:43
Michelle Ross-Cope GBR 31.1.1972 2:36:02
Rebecca Robinson GBR 28.10.1982 2:37:14
Amy Whitehead GBR 29.7.1978 2:39:27
Florence Kiplagat KEN 27.2.1987 Debut
Sonia Samuels GBR 16.5.1979 Debut

Berlin Marathon Website

Berlin Marathon Twitter Photos

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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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