2012 Boston Marathon: Initial Results - Elite Runners
It was so hot at the Boston Marathon! How hot? This tweet from @runningtimes sums it up:
Kipyego missed bottle at 25 miles and went back for it. Korir almost came to stop to grab water cup. Must be brutal out there.
When elite runners are willing to sacrifice time in order to cool off, it’s hot. Elite runners finished the race as temperatures reached 78, but slower runners can expect to feel the mid-80s before they cross the finish line today. If they don’t run a personal record, they might be able to say they ran a different sort of record. Boston’s record high for April 16 was 84 degrees set in 2003. Today’s high is expected to hit 86 degrees.
In fact, the forecasted heat led race organizers to extend the unprecedented offer to defer registration to next year for the nearly 27,000 runners. Those who carried on with their 26.2-mile journey started the race with the temperature in the low 70s, some 30 degrees warmer than the 46-degree start in 2011.
The warmer weather translated into slower times for this year’s winners, which is better than the alternative: Defending champion Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who recorded the fastest marathon finish on record at Boston last year with a 2:03:02, dropped out due to cramping.
But it wasn’t slow for everyone. In the men’s wheelchair division, Canadian Josh Cassidy set a new world record in 1:18:24.
To men’s finishers:
1. Wesley Korir, 2:12:40 2. Levy Matebo, 2:13:06 3. Bernard Kipyego, 2:13:13
A little over 3 years ago I started an experiment with the Hansons marathon plan. Before it was published in book form, I scrounged through the internet looking for bits and pieces about an approach to marathoning I hoped would be the key to getting to the Boston finish line. And maybe other people would benefit from my results.
I could never have imagined the success I’ve had. 8 marathons run since then across 6 rounds with the Hansons. An improvement of almost 30 minutes and lots of PRs at shorter distances as well. Never could have done it without the support of Tumblr that has connected me with so many people who make running fun, effective, and rewarding.
I don’t know how long I can keep the gravy train going, but if you’ve followed along for a while (thank you!), you know I’ll put my heart and soul into it. Enjoy some of the photos I’ve posted over the years from one of the happiest runners you’ll meet.