It is hard to write an analysis of a race that was marred by tragedy, but the fact is, the race was run. In my belief, the last thing that anyone would want is to let the culprits of senseless violence actually achieve their goal. In that notion, I think acknowledging those who worked hard to run this race, and will continue to run, is necessary. Below you will find a quick recap of the Boston Marathon Men’s and Women’s professional races.
While there was a lot of pre-race talk about Americans putting in a tough effort this year, most experts knew the race was going to be won by one of the sub 2:05 east African runners. This, of course, is how the race went down.
When push came to shove, the men’s race came down to a three-way sprint between Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa and Gebregziabher Gebremariam, and Kenyan Micah Kogo. Though it was a tough battle up front, Desisa of Ethiopia ended up stealing the win in a time of 2:10:22, just five seconds in front of Kogo. Gebremariam ended up 3rd, only one second back from Kogo.
American Jason Hartmann continued to have strong showings at Boston coming in fourth with a time of 2:12:12, edging out Wesley Korir of Kenya. Though he wasn’t a factor for the win, Hartmann is quickly becoming one of the best marathoners in the U.S. Fernando Cabada, who made a lot of noise before the race, ended up in 15th in a time of 2:18:23, behind Boulder Track Club coach (and seemingly ageless veteran) Lee Troop of Australia.
What started out as a possible upset, turned into a tactful race that saw the chase pack reel in the leader. Ana Dulce Felix of Portugal took out the race strong, having a lead of over a minute deep into the race. This was the case at 35 km. Though it looked as if she would hold her ground, as the race began to conclude, Felix hit the wall and was caught by the pack. She ended up in 9th in a 2:30:05 showing. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya came out victorious with a time of 2:26:25, followed closely by Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia and Sharon Cherop of Kenya.
Shalane Flanagan was the first American, coming in 4th in 2:27:08. She was a contender throughout, but didn’t have the kick necessary to stay with the leaders in the sprint. Teammate Kara Goucher came in 6th in 2:28:09
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the senseless bombings in Boston. I hope for quick and painless recovery for all those involved.