We predicted that the GOAT marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge would win the 127th Boston Marathon.
😲But that's not what happened.
🏃♀️This year's race included an incredible upset on the infamous Heartbreak Hill, along with plenty of fanfare, sportsmanship, and grit along the course from Hopkinton to downtown Boston.
Check out the race results + 26.2 fun facts about the Boston Marathon.
The first place finishers at the 127th Boston Marathon are:
Around mile 20 on the Boston Marathon route, runner's make a short climb up the infamous Heartbreak Hill.
FYI...he's still considered the GOAT of marathon running, and currently world record holder for running 26.2 miles faster than anyone else: 2:01:39.
Seventy-seven-year-old Patty Hung set a new record for most consecutive female finishes at the Boston Marathon.
This year's Boston Marathon included a new gender category:
The Boston Marathon is the most famous marathon in the world. But it's also one of the largest.
So where do all the runners come from who participate in the Boston Marathon?
All over the world.
This year's race included:
The Boston Athletic Association depends on volunteers to make the race happen.
Working behind the scenes, before the race, at aid stations, and the finish line included:
To make things a little more interesting, this year's race marks the strongest pro field of runners in Boston Marathon history, including
Even though there were great performances this year, it's been more than six years since a course record was broken at the Boston Marathon.
The current course records are:
With 30,000 runners an an estimated 500,000 spectators along the course, there's going to be a lot of waste.
But the Boston Marathon has a plan for that. Did you know an estimated:
Like tracking steps on your phone, watch, or fitness tracker? Check this out. The average step count to finish the Boston Marathon is:
Ever wonder why the Boston Marathon is held on the third Monday in April?
It's Patriot's Day. It's a state-observed holiday in Maine and Massachusetts.
The holiday commemorates early battles fought in the area during the Revolutionary War.
Did you know women were once prohibited from running the Boston Marathon?
Finish in the top 10 at the Boston Marathon, and you'll get more than a medal, T-shirt, and race swag:
Prize money for winners includes:
Prize money is also awarded to the top 10 finishers in the Wheelchair Division and the top three finishers in the Masters Division and Para Division.
You won't find a runner wearing bib number 2013 at this year's Boston Marathon.
Why? Race officials decided not to issue the bib number in recognition of ten years since the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.
Michelle Brooks Thompson sang the National Anthem before the start of the Boston Marathon.
She's an award-winning independent recording artist and finalist on reality TV show The Voice.
The Boston Marathon begins with a flyover by two F-15s from the 104th Fighter Wing out of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.
It only takes the jets four minutes to fly the 26.2-mile marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston.
Well, this year marked the 127th year of the race.
The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897.
Runners have been stepping up to this starting line longer than any other marathon in the world.
There's a famous section along the Boston Marathon route that can make or break you.
Heartbreak Hill. It's tough climb around mile 20. But it's downhill to the finish after that.
This is where Evans Chebet, Benson Kipruto, and Gabriel Geay surged ahead of Eliud Kipchoge during this year's race.
Ever wonder how many port-a-potties the Boston Marathon needs for the event?
Run enough miles, and you're bound to experience chafing.
So how does the Boston Marathon help runners deal with it?
Pick up your race packet at the Boston Marathon Expo, and you'll get your race bib (and other swag), along with safety pins to attach your race number.
Need an easy-to-digest food source to prevent cramping and boost energy? Grab a banana.
There's 26 aid stations along the Boston Marathon route where you can get help.
Thirsty? Feeling dehydrated? Stop at an aid station...
Did you see the guy wearing bib number 1968 at the Boston Marathon?
It's Amby Burfoot, the former editor of Runner's World magazine, and the 1968 winner of the Boston Marathon.
He won the race in 1968 with a time of 2:22:17.
At 76 years old, he returned to run the Boston Marathon...again. Since his win in 1968, he's ran the race more than 20 times.
Thinking about running the Boston Marathon next year? You'll need to run a qualifying race first within a certain time based on your age and gender:
Men: Boston Marathon qualifying times
Women: Boston Marathon qualifying times
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