Boston Marathon

 

With the initial marathon held on Patriot's Day in 1897 the Boston Marathon is seeped in tradition. It is run on the third Monday in April.

 

Boston Marathon Winners (Men and Women)

Men's Boston Marathon Winners

Year

Winner

Country

Time

1897

John J. McDermott

New York

2:55:10

1898

Ronald J. MacDonald

Canada

2:42:00

1899

Lawrence Brignolia

Massachusetts

2:54:38

1900

John Caffery

Canada

2:39:44

1901

John Caffery

Canada

2:29:23

1902

Sammy Mellor

New York

2:43:12

1903

John Lorden

Massachusetts

2:41:29

1904

Michael Spring

New York

2:38:04

1905

Frederick Lorz

New York

2:38:25

1906

Tim Ford

Massachusetts

2:45:45

1907

Thomas Longboat

Canada

2:24:24

1908

Thomas Morrissey

New York

2:25:43

1909

Henri Renaud

New Hampshire

2:53:36

1910

Fred Cameron

Canada

2:28:52

1911

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:21:39

1912

Michael Ryan

New York

2:21:18

1913

Fritz Carlson

Minnesota

2:25:14

1914

James Duffy

Canada

2:25:01

1915

Edouard Fabre

Canada

2:31:41

1916

Arthur Roth

Massachusetts

2:27:16

1917

Bill Kennedy

New York

2:28:37

1918

Military Relay

Camp Devens

2:29:53

1919

Carl Linder

Massachusetts

2:29:13

1920

Peter Trivoulides

New York

2:29:31

1921

Frank Zuna

New York

2:18:57

1922

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:18:10

1923

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:23:47

1924

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:29:40

1925

Charles Mellor

Illinois

2:33:00

1926

John C. Miles

Canada

2:25:40

1927

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:40:22

1928

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:37:07

1929

John C. Miles

Canada

2:33:08

1930

Clarence DeMar

Massachusetts

2:34:48

1931

James P. Henigan

Massachusetts

2:46:45

1932

Paul DeBruyn

Germany

2:33:36

1933

Leslie S. Pawson

Rhode Island

2:31:01

1934

Dave Komonen

Canada

2:32:53

1935

John A. Kelley

Massachusetts

2:32:07

1936

Ellison M. Brown

Rhode Island

2:33:40

1937

Walter Young

Canada

2:33:20

1938

Leslie S. Pawson

Rhode Island

2:35:34

1939

Ellison M. Brown

Rhode Island

2:28:51

1940

Gerard Cote

Canada

2:28:28

1941

Leslie S. Pawson

Rhode Island

2:30:38

1942

Joe Smith

Massachusetts

2:26:51

1943

Gerard Cote

Canada

2:28:25

1944

Gerard Cote

Canada

2:31:50

1945

John A. Kelley

Massachusetts

2:30:40

1946

Stylianos Kyriakides

Greece

2:29:27

1947

Yun Bok Suh

Korea

2:25:39

1948

Gerard Cote

Canada

2:31:02

1949

Karl Leandersson

Sweden

2:31:50

1950

Kee Yong Ham

Korea

2:32:39

1951

Shigeki Tanaka

Japan

2:27:45

1952

Doroteo Flores

Guatamela

2:31:53

1953

Keizo Yamada

Japan

2:18:51

1954

Veikko Karvonen

Finland

2:20:39

1955

Hideo Hamamura

Japan

2:18:22

1956

Antti Viskari

Finland

2:14:14

1957

John J. Kelley

Connecticut

2:20:05

1958

Franjo Mihalic

Yugoslavia

2:25:54

1959

Eino Oksanen

Finland

2:22:42

1960

Paavo Kotila

Finland

2:20:54

1961

Eino Oksanen

Finland

2:23:39

1962

Eino Oksanen

Finland

2:23:48

1963

Aurele Vandendriessche

Belgium

2:18:58

1964

Aurele Vandendriessche

Belgium

2:19:59

1965

Morio Shigematsu

Japan

2:16:33

1966

Kenji Kemihara

Japan

2:17:11

1967

David McKenzie

New Zealand

2:15:45

1968

Amby Burfoot

Connecticut

2:22:17

1969

Yoshiaki Unetani

Japan

2:13:49

1970

Ron Hill

Great Britain

2:10:30

1971

Alvaro Mejia

Colombia

2:18:45

1972

Olavi Suomalainen

Finland

2:15:39

1973

Jon Anderson

Oregon

2:16:03

1974

Neil Cusack

Ireland

2:13:39

1975

Bill Rodgers

Massachusetts

2:09:55

1976

Jack Fultz

Virginia

2:20:19

1977

Jerome Drayton

Canada

2:14:46

1978

Bill Rodgers

Massachusetts

2:10:13

1979

Bill Rodgers

Massachusetts

2:09:27

1980

Bill Rodgers

Massachusetts

2:12:11

1981

Toshihiko Seko

Japan

2:09:26

1982

Alberto Salazar

Massachusetts

2:08:52

1983

Greg Meyer

Massachusetts

2:09:00

1984

Geoff Smith

Great Britain

2:10:34

1985

Geoff Smith

Great Britain

2:14:05

1986

Robert de Castella

Australia

2:07:51

1987

Toshihiko Seko

Japan

2:11:50

1988

Ibrahim Hussein

Kenya

2:08:43

1989

Abebe Mekonnen

Ethiopia

2:09:06

1990

Gelindo Bordin

Italy

2:08:19

1991

Ibrahim Hussein

Kenya

2:11:06

1992

Ibrahim Hussein

Kenya

2:08:14

1993

Cosmas Ndeti

Kenya

2:09:33

1994

Cosmas Ndeti

Kenya

2:07:15

1995

Cosmas Ndeti

Kenya

2:09:22

1996

Moses Tanui

Kenya

2:09:15

1997

Lameck Aguta

Kenya

2:10:34

1998

Moses Tanui

Kenya

2:07:34

1999

Joseph Chebet

Kenya

2:09:52

2000

Elijah Lagat

Kenya

2:09:47

2001

Lee Bong-Ju

Korea

2:09:43

2002

Rodgers Rop

Kenya

2:09:02

2003

Robert Cheruiyot

Kenya

2:10:11

2004

Timothy Cherigat

Kenya

2:10:37

2005

Hailu Negussie

Ethiopia

2:11:45

2006

Robert Cheruiyot

Kenya

2:07:14

2007

Robert Cheruiyot

Kenya

2:14:13

2008

Robert Cheruiyot

Kenya

2:07:46

2009

Deriba Merga

Ethiopia

2:08:42

 

Women's Boston Marathon Winners

 

Year

Winner

Country

Time

1972

Nina Kuscsik

New York

3:10:26

1973

Jacqueline Hansen

California

3:05:59

1974

Michiko Gorman

California

2:47:11

1975

Liane Winter

West Germany

2:42:24

1976

Kim Merritt

Wisconsin

2:47:10

1977

Michiko Gorman

California

2:48:33

1978

Gayle S. Barron

Georgia

2:44:52

1979

Joan Benoit

Maine

2:35:15

1980

Jacqueline Gareau

Canada

2:34:28

1981

Allison Roe

New Zealand

2:26:46

1982

Charlotte Teske

West Germany

2:29:33

1983

Joan Benoit

Massachusetts

2:22:43

1984

Lorraine Moller

New Zealand

2:29.28

1985

Lisa Larsen Weidenbach

Michigan

2:34.06

1986

Ingrid Kristiansen

Norway

2:24:55

1987

Rosa Mota

Portugal

2:25:21

1988

Rosa Mota

Portugal

2:24:30

1989

Ingrid Kristiansen

Norway

2:24:33

1990

Rosa Mota

Portugal

2:25:24

1991

Wanda Panfil

Poland

2:24:18

1992

Olga Markova

CIS

2:23:43

1993

Olga Markova

CIS

2:25:27

1994

Uta Pippig

Germany

2:21:45

1995

Uta Pippig

Germany

2:25:11

1996

Uta Pippig

Germany

2:27:12

1997

Fatuma Roba

Ethiopia

2:26:23

1998

Fatuma Roba

Ethiopia

2:23:21

1999

Fatuma Roba

Ethiopia

2:23:25

2000

Catherine Ndereba

Kenya

2:26:11

2001

Catherine Ndereba

Kenya

2:23:53

2002

Margaret Okayo

Kenya

2:20:43

2003

Svetlana Zakharova

Russia

2:25:20

2004

Catherine Ndereba

Kenya

2:24:27

2005

Catherine Ndereba

Kenya

2:25:13

2006

Rita Jeptoo

Kenya

2:23:38

2007

Lidiya Grigoryeva

Russia

2:29:18

2008

Dire Tune

Ethiopia

2:25:25

2009

Salina Kosgei

Kenya

2:32:16

 

 

The Boston Marathon - History

The first Boston Marathon was run on Patriot's Day, April 19, 1897, a little more than a year after that first Olympic marathon in Athens. The course, from Metcalfe's Mill in Asthland, Massachusetts, to the Irvington Street Oval in Boston, measured 24.5 miles. After the International Olympic Committee adopted 26 miles, 385 yards as the official Olympic marathon distance, the Boston course was changed to this distance in 1924. The course has been modified over the years to accomadate sponsor changes and corrections in length.

From 1897-1968, the Boston Marathon was held on Patriots' Day, April 19, a holiday commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War and recognized only in Massachusetts and Maine. The lone exception was when the 19th fell on Sunday. In those years, the race was held the following day (Monday the 20th). In 1969, the holiday was officially moved to the third Monday in April and all races since then have been run on a Monday.

The Boston Athletic Association didn't formally allow women to enter the Boston Marathon until 1972, Prior to that some women had snuck into the race to participate.