It was about 4 p.m. in Iten, Kenya when Edna Kiplagat got hold of me on Skype. The connection was poor, so she tried different locations—the front porch, outside her farmhouse, before settling in the living room, comfortable and pretty with tiles on the walls, and pictures. Two of her five children, Carlos, 13, and…
Adidas blasted out a marketing email today, lauding runners who participated in the race on Monday: “Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon.”
Fifty years ago, women were considered too frail to run marathons, and were thus not allowed to run in the Boston Marathon as official entrants. In the 1960s, several women had completed marathons as bandits, but no woman had actually registered and completed the Boston Marathon until Kathrine Switzer did it in 1967.
Marcel Hug won his third consecutive Boston Marathon men’s wheelchair push-rim title today, but it was a close finish for the second straight year. Hug passed 10-time champion Ernst van Dyk with about a mile to go, then held him off down the stretch to win the race. Both men finished with a time of 1:18:04.
In the spring of 1991, Bob Elliott had a problem. He and his friend George were trying to sell a canoe cart George had developed, designed for portaging between bodies of water. They had no marketing budget, and sales, it’s fair to say, were slow. Elliott, an effortless athlete, mechanical genius, and creative…
I couldn’t get worked up about Monday’s Boston Marathon. After all, any American who might have been on TV ran the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February, and is skipping Boston. So I followed this three-step program:
A federal jury in Boston today decided that the crimes of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were serious enough to merit the death penalty.
At today’s death penalty trial of noted bad person Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors presented a video to jurors showing the Boston Marathon bomber flipping off the camera while he was in a holding cell on July 10, 2013.
Kenyan Caroline Rotich battled with Mare Dibaba over the last quarter mile to reach the finish steps ahead of the Ethiopian to win the Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:24:55. Dibaba crossed the line just four seconds later. The full-out sprint made for the sixth-closest women’s finish in history.
Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on…
As soon as the jury found Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder this morning, I braced for all the bad ideas that were going to be written down. I even invented imaginary takes: the announcement of the Bruins firing their GM came about 15 minutes later, for instance—surely someone would make an ill-advised attempt to tie…
Earlier today, a reader sent us a complaint regarding the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two men who set off bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013. He believed we were lacking in the coverage of Tsarnaev’s trial, and that we did not denounce his acts enough. Here’s his email, in full:
It seems like just a few months ago that we watched Meb win the Boston Marathon, mostly because it was only a few months ago. But here we go again with the first day of registration for the 2015 edition of the race, which opened at 10 a.m. EST.
Kara Goucher, America's Marathoning Mom and one of the more dynamic personalities in the sport, has announced today she's signed with Skechers. The revolution continues.
Meb Keflezighi, the winner of that race in Boston, is returning to the roads, but in a limited capacity.
A Boston Marathon finisher's medal is just going to sit around your house anyway. Why not sell it on eBay?
While most college seniors are putting the finishing touches on final projects, Boston College's Joe McConaughy started a charity. That charity is now involved with forging Boston Marathon bibs.
We've spent the better part of this week focusing on elites, but now we turn back to the heart of the Boston Marathon: the qualifiers.