The field of almost 30,000 runners in the Boston Marathon on Monday battles against rain, wind and cold conditions brutal with runners going directly to the wind against.
Race officials announced that the temperature was 38 degrees at 8:40 a.m. Eastern time, start time in Hopkinton, Mass., making this the coldest start in 30 years. The National Weather Service predicts that the rain will be intense early in the afternoon, with winds of 25 to 40 miles per hour coming from the east and directly to the face of the runners in the early hours of the morning. Later in the day, there will be cross winds. The high temperature is predicted to be 49; as the elite male field took off at 10 a.m. m, the temperature was 40.
That meant runners were facing a different kind of suffering this year, after the 80-degree temperatures last year. Runners can love temperatures in the 40s, but not when it adds rain and strong wind. Just look at Galen Rupp, who finished second in the elite men's field last year. He had a unique approach on Monday to stay warm, warm up like he was about to rob a bank.
"The cold, the rain and the rain – those are the three worst things you can have, and that's what you have in a race," said Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time US Olympian (through the New York Times ) on the eve of the race. "Many guys have been talking about that, trying to be the toughest and saying," Oh, I'm not worried, I'll have to deal with that. "But you know, let's find out how many people are still intact. after 30,000. "
The officers braved the weather by giving runners two bibs, one for their outer garments or ponchos. Those bibs, however, have only the numbers in them. The bib with the names of the runners is under one or two layers. (In case you are wondering why there were bibs with names and numbers)
Gladys Chesir from Kenya was the leader in the field of women at the 15K mark with a division of 56: fifteen. Lead changed hands frequently because (you may have heard this before) the brutal weather conditions. Tamirat Tola from Ethiopa and Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya led the male pack after 10K with a time of 30:15. Rupp was one second behind after 10 K.
This is the 122nd marathon race and occurs one day after the fifth anniversary of the 2013 bombing of the Boylston Street finish line. The race, long a measure of resistance, now marks milestones of remembrance and survival, taking one step followed by another over the years.
Shortly before 11 a.m., the first competitor crossed the finish line. Marcel Eric Hug, from Switzerland, won his fourth straight title in the wheelchair race with a male push tire in an unofficial time of 1:41:49, the slowest time in 31 years.
Flanagan made a stop while running the route, dodging on a port side chamber.
The man who captured the explosions looks back
Five years later, Steve Silva remembered being on the finish line and recording video of the explosions that were shared around the world. "It was not an explosion of bones as you could imagine, plus a muffled noise with a large plume of smoke that ran directly into the mid-level buildings in the block of Boylston," Silva writes.
"My First I thought it might have been a fireworks celebration that maybe went wrong for the Hoyts' end, but 13 seconds later, the second explosion blew up just a block away." We had an attack " , I said into the camera microphone
"In a fraction of a second, I went from producer of sports videos to accidental war correspondent."
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Nationwide, NBC Sports Network will offer coverage from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In the Boston area, WBZ (CBS affiliate) will have coverage from 7 a.m. 5 pm with the live broadcast on their website.
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The field of 29,960 athletes includes runners from all 50 states (4,921 of Massachusetts) and 109 countries. You can find brokers looking for in the field at BAA.org.
The first wave of participants with mobility problems will leave at 8:40 am, followed by the division of wheelchairs for men at 9:02 and the wheelchairs for women 9:04. See all the start times here or below.
■ 9:25 am: Handcycles
■ 9:32 am: Elite Women
■ 10 a. M .: Elite Men and Wave 1
■ 10:25 a.m. : Wave 2
■ 10:50 am: Wave 3
■ 11:15 am: Wave 4
The best runners include a field of strong American women
The women's field includes five of the Fastest all-time marathon runners in the United States: Shalane Flanagan, champion of the 2017 New York City Marathon; Desiree Linden, twice Olympic; Deena Kastor, 45, holds the US record in the marathon; and Molly Huddle, the holder of the US record in the 10,000 meters and a half marathon. Last year's champion, Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, also returns.
Jordan Hasay, who finished third in Boston and Chicago last year and was one of the best American women on the field, retired on Sunday due to a stress reaction on her heel. She had been fighting plantar fasciitis for the past few weeks.
The men's field presents the Americans Galen Rupp, winner of the 2017 Chicago Marathon and runner-up last year; Dathan Ritzenhein, a three-time Olympian; Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time Olympian; and Shadrack Biwott, who was fourth in 2017 in the Boston race. Nine male runners from Kenya and Ethiopia with personal marks of less than 2:07 will compete, including Geoffrey Kirui, who won the marathons of the World Championships in Boston and the IAAF 2017.
A doctor closes the circle on Monday
If going to go …
Security for 26.2 miles The race has been reduced since 2013 and the spectators, who are expected to be more than 50,000, remember what is allowed and what is not, especially near the finish line.
At least five transgender runners will compete
Marathon organizers are not concerned with gender boundaries, saying that transgender runners can compete using the genre they qualified for.
At least five openly transgender women signed up to run the race, and a BAA official told Runner & # 39; s World that race officials and volunteers compare gender identity in the identification issued by the required government to collect a race number with what are in the entrances of the runners.
If there is no match, a BAA spokesperson told Runner & # 39; s World that it would be treated "in a manner intended to be fair to all concerned, with a strong emphasis on inclusion."
"We take people by their word, we record people as specified," said Tom Grilk, who heads the Boston Athletic Association, to The Associated Press. "The members of the LGBT community have had to deal with it over the years, and we would prefer not to increase that burden."
Amelia Gapin, a transgender woman from Jersey City, runs a social media group for the trans-runners and told the AP: "It's a bit murky how people manage it, we're such a small percentage of the population that We usually only fly under the radar. "
Play ball? Not today.
Time forced the postponement of that other Patriots Day tradition, the Red Sox's 11am match against the Orioles at Fenway Park, for the first time since 1984.
The Japanese runners once They dominated the Boston Marathon
It was a time when Japan's runners ruled the Boston Marathon and Kathryn Tolbert of The Post took a look back at the slander and prejudice they endured years after the end of World War II. Read the story in Retropolis.
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