Almost 30,000 runners set out from Main Street in Hopkinton yesterday for the 119th running of the historic Boston Marathon. 26.2 miles, six cities and towns and several hours later, the last brave souls staggered across the finish line to wrap up yet another memorable marathon.
The most touching story this year came from Men’s winner Lelisa Desisa, who finished in an impressive 2:09:17. The Ethiopian had previously captured the crown at the infamous 2013 Marathon, but gave his medal back to the city of Boston in a heartwarming show of solidarity. Two years later, he leaves the city with his second victory and first medal.
For the Women’s race, Kenya’s Caroline Rotich crossed the finish line in just under two and a half hours, clocking in at a pacy 2:24:55. Rotich is no stranger to success, having won the Las Vegas Marathon, New York Half Marathon, and representing Kenya at the World Championships in Athletics in 2011.
2015 also marked the first year without beloved marathoner and Massachusetts native Dick Hoyt. Hoyt and his son, Rick, have been mainstays all the way from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill and Kenmore Square since 1980. While Dick opted not to run his 33rd Boston Marathon this year, he was instead named Grand Marshal and drove the course ahead of the runners giving hordes of happy spectators one more glimpse of a local legend.
Plenty of tired, worn-out legs are carrying runners back to their daily routine this week. Many will take some hard-earned time off. Some will get right back out there and train for their next race. But one thing is for sure – all will be happy to have been part of yet another exhilarating Marathon Monday in Boston. Here’s to next year!
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