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Boston Marathon

Monday April 19th, 2021
Boston, Massachusetts
Distance: Marathon

The 124th Boston Marathon originally scheduled for April 20 was postponed to September 14 and then May 28 it was cancelled for 2020. The next Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 19, 2021.

Among the nation’s oldest athletic clubs, the B.A.A. was established in 1887, and, in 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic Team at the first modern games was composed of B.A.A. club members. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon, which culminated the B.A.A. Games on April 19, 1897. John J. McDermott emerged from a 15-member starting field to complete the course (then 24.5 miles) in a winning time of 2:55:10. The Boston Marathon has since become the world’s oldest annually contested marathon. The addition of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services in 1986 has solidified the event’s success over the past 30 years and ensures it well into the future.

The 124th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2020, Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the 34th consecutive year the Boston Marathon will be sponsored by John Hancock.

To qualify for the Boston Marathon, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to their age and gender.

Past winners (since 2000):

Men

2019 -- Lawrence Cherono, Kenya, 2:07:57
2018 -- Yuki Kawauchi, Japan, 2:15:54
2017 -- Geoffrey Kirui, Kenya, 2:09:37
2016 -- Lemi Berhanu Hayle, Ethiopia, 2:12:45
2015 -- Lelisa Desisa, Ethiopia, 2:09:17
2014 -- Meb Keflezighi, United States, 2:08:37
2013 -- Lelisa Desisa, Ethiopia, 2:10:23
2012 -- Wesley Korir, Kenya, 2:12:40
2011 -- Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 2:03:02
2010 -- Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:05:52
2009 -- Deriba Merga, Ethiopia, 2:08:42
2008 -- Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:07:46
2007 -- Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:14:13
2006 -- Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:07:14
2005 -- Hailu Negussie, Ethiopia, 2:11:45
2004 -- Timothy Cherigat, Kenya, 2:10:37
2003 -- Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya, 2:10:11
2002 -- Rodgers Rop, Kenya, 2:09:02
2001 -- Lee Bong-ju, South Korea, 2:09:43
2000 -- Elijah Lagat, Kenya, 2:09:47

Women

2019 -- Worknesh Degefa, Ethiopia, 2:23:31
2018 -- Desiree Linden, USA, 2:39:54
2017 -- Edna Kiplagat, Kenya, 2:21:52
2016 -- Atsede Baysa, Ethiopia, 2:29:19
2015 -- Caroline Rotich, Kenya, 2:24:55
2014 -- Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia, 2:19:59
2013 -- Rita Jeptoo, Kenya, 2:26:25
2012 -- Sharon Cherop, Kenya, 2:31:50
2011 -- Caroline Kilel, Kenya, 2:22:36
2010 -- Teyba Erkesso, Ethiopia, 2:26:11
2009 -- Salina Kosgei, Kenya, 2:32:16
2008 -- Dire Tune, Ethiopia, 2:25:25
2007 -- Lidiya Grigoryeva, Russia, 2:29:18
2006 -- Rita Jeptoo, Kenya, 2:23:38
2005 -- Catherine Ndereba, Kenya, 2:25:13
2004 -- Catherine Ndereba, Kenya, 2:24:27
2003 -- Svetlana Zakharova, Russia, 2:25:20
2002 -- Margaret Okayo, Kenya, 2:20:43
2001 -- Catherine Ndereba, Kenya, 2:23:53
2000 -- Catherine Ndereba, Kenya, 2:26:11

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