Boston Marathon Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the Boston Marathon, run from Hopkinton to Boston. The finish line is in front of the Boston Public Library on Boylston Street.

Il 2020 Boston Marathon is canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
aprile 15, 2019 – The 123rd Boston Marathon takes place. The winners are Lawrence Cherono of Kenya in the men’s division, and Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia in the women’s division.

Fatti

    The race is organized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), and the principal sponsor is John Hancock Financial Services.
    Runners are categorized by gender, then by age. The age categories are: Men’s and Women’s Open (age 18-39), Masters (40-49), Veterans (50-59), Seniors (60-69) e 70 & Al di sopra di. Qualifying times depend on the age of the participant on the day of the race.
    Participants must be 18 years of age on the day of the race and must meet certain time standards to qualify for their age group.
    Visually impaired runners are allowed to participate, but the must have a five hour qualifying time. There are also categories for wheelchairs and handcycles.
    Runners come from all over the world to participate.

    Records

    Best Men’s Open time – 2:03:02 – Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya – (2011)
    Best Women’s Open time – 2:19:59 – Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia – (2014)
    Best Men’s Wheelchair timeMarcel Hug, Switzerland, 1:18:04 (2017)
    Best Women’s Wheelchair timeManuela Schar, Switzerland – 1:28:17 (2017)

    Timeline

    aprile 19, 1897 – The first marathon is run and is 24.8 miglia. The winner is John J. McDermott of New York, with a time of 2:55:10. Ci sono 18 entrants, 15 starters, e 10 finishers.
    1897-1968 – The race is run on April 19, Patrioti’ Day, a holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War only recognized in Massachusetts and Maine. In those years that April 19 falls on a Sunday, the race is held the next day, Monday the 20th.
    1918 – A military relay is held instead of the marathon due to the United Statesinvolvement in World War I.
    aprile 19, 1924 – The race is lengthened to 26.2 miles to conform to Olympic standards.
    aprile 17, 1967 – Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to receive a number to run in the Boston Marathon. She enters the race under the name K.V. Switzer and wears baggy clothes to disguise herself. Females are not officially allowed to enter until 1972.
    1969 – Patrioti’ Day is changed to the third Monday in April, so the date of the race is also changed..
    1975 – A wheelchair division is added to the marathon. Bob Hall finishes the race in two hours and 58 minutes in a wheelchair.
    aprile 15, 1996 – The 100th Boston Marathon is run. There are a record 35,868 finishers.
    May 15, 2015 – Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 marathon bombings.
    ottobre 26, 2016 – Three-time winner Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, loses her 2014 title and record for the fastest women’s finish ever (2:18:57), as part of a ruling on her two-year ban for doping.
    marzo 13, 2020 – It is announced that the marathon is being rescheduled to September 14, 2020 dovuto al coronavirus outbreak.
      ottobre 28, 2020 – The B.A.A. announces that the 2021 marathon will be postponed until at least the fall of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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