Boston Marathon, 5k and Invitational Mile 2018 Race Recap
On Monday, April 16, the 122nd annual Boston Marathon took place. Weather conditions in Boston were less than ideal. At the start, it was 38 degrees F (35 degrees F with the wind chill) and it was also pouring rain. Even the Red Sox postponed their annual morning Patriot’s Day game, a tradition that goes hand in hand with the events of the Boston Marathon. The number of spectators and runners on the course were significantly lower than usual. But the runners that wanted to be there faced the elements. Some of them included Shalane Flanagan, the 2017 New York City Marathon Champion, 2-time Olympian Desiree Linden, American Marathon record holder Deena Kastor, and last year’s winner, Kenyan Edna Kiplagat. Jordan Hassay, 3rd place finisher at the 2017 Boston Marathon, pulled out the night before due to stress reaction in her heel.
For the women’s race, it wasn’t until the 35k mark that Desiree Linden stepped into the lead. She remained there until she crossed the finish line as the first American woman to do so in 33 years. Reportedly, Linden felt like dropping out of the race early on, but her teammate Flanagan, who finished 6th, kept her going. Linden’s time was 2:39:54, the slowest winning time since 1987, showing how the weather really affected this year’s race.
Sarah Sellers came in second place didn’t cross the finish line for another 4 minutes with a time of 2:44:04. Sellers is a full-time nurse with a sparse race history compared to the elites that finished after her. She competed on the Weber State University track team and qualified for Boston last year after winning the 2017 Huntsville Marathon in Utah with a time of 2:44:27. The 26-year-old humbly accepted the $75,000 second place prize and said she plans to use it to pay off her student loans. Canadian Krista Duchene came in 16 seconds after Sellers. The miserable weather conditions gave the 41-year-old, who placed 35th in the 2016 Olympics, a competitive advantage.
The men’s race was just as exciting. Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui was at the front of the lead pack for the first 10K. Yuki Kawauchi from Japan overtook Kirui with only 5K to go and finished as the first man from Japan to win since 1987. Kawauchi, 31, had an impressive race, opening with a 4:37 mile, finishing with a 5:08 mile, and winning with a time of 2:15:58. Kirui, last year’s winner, came through two and half minutes later at 2:18:23. Shadrack Biwott, a former University of Oregon athlete, finished third at 2:18:35. His fellow teammate Galen Rupp, who came in second at the Boston Marathon last year, had to drop out before mile 19 with asthma complications.
- Yuki Kawauchi JAP 2:15:58
- Geoffrey Kirui, KEN 2:18:23
- Shadrack Biwott, USA 2:18:35
- Desiree Linden USA 2:39:54
- Sarah Sellers USA 2:44:04
- Krista Duchene CAN 2:44:20
Here are some numbers on the 2018 Boston Marathon:
- 122nd Boston Marathon. It is the world’s oldest annual marathon.
- 30,000 runners participating
- 7,100 runners come from 98 different countries
- 2 dozen Olympians will be running.
- 9,500 volunteers
- $200 million is expected to flow into Boston from this event.
- $150,000 prize for first place man and woman.
B.A.A 5k and Invitational Mile
As part of the Boston Marathon weekend, there is also the B.A.A. 5K and the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. These events took place on Saturday, April 14th. Buze Diriba, a 24-year-old star runner from Ethiopia won the 5K in 15:22 and claimed the $7500 prize. She also won the Cherry Blossom 10 miler last weekend. Her compatriot Fotyen Tesfay placed second claiming $4000 and Monicah Ngige from Kenya finished third. They all finished within seconds of each other.
Hagos Gebrhiwet, 2016 Olympic 5000m bronze medalist won the men’s 5K. Ben True, the winner of this race for the last four years, slid into second place this year. Tommy Curtin snagged third place. It was a close race as they all finished with a time of 13:42.
For the B.A.A Invitational Mile, on the men’s side, Drew Hunter won with a time of 4:09.2 and Nicole Sifuentes won the women’s race with a time of 4:37.2.
Feature Image: “_BRK4987 Boston Marathon Finish Line” by Boris Kasimov is licensed under CC BY 2.0.