The historic Boston Marathon is one of the city's favorite traditions. GBH News reporters were along the course throughout the day. See our stories from Marathon Monday, and in the leadup to the big day, here.
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Toni Cabo is usually teaching preschoolers in Brooklyn, New York. But Monday, she was in Boston, running the 26.2-mile marathon course for the first time.
She called into GBH’s All Things Considered to debrief on the day, talk Heartbreak Hill (her review: oversold) and share what her students did for her ahead of the race. Read or listen to our interview with a “regular” marathoner (as if there could ever be such as thing).
POSTED 5:28 PM
While it was no 2018, it was another rainy day on the course at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Still, spirits were high despite the soggy weather as the Boston Marathon took another important step toward healing, 10 years since the bombing.
Sean Hicks ran Boston in 2013 and ran again this year, marking his eighth time on the course. He believes the city’s resilience after the bombing helped make the marathon grow.
“You can even see it even 10 years later today, coming back, you just feel that energy and so many more people are invested and understand and know about it, right?” Hicks told GBH News Sunday. “People that weren’t runners, you know, didn’t pay any attention to the Boston Marathon, now know what it means when you say ‘Boston Strong.’”
GBH News’ Esteban Bustillos was at marathon, chronicling the race. Read his dispatches from the finish line.
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Henry Richard crossed the finish line at 4:00 p.m., his second year running the Boston Marathon. He’s the older brother of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed by the marathon bombing 10 years ago.
Henry Richard and other runners raised money for the Martin Richard Foundation, a nonprofit that donates to local youth programs and other organizations in Martin’s memory.
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Runners screamed with triumph, sank to their knees, waved their nation’s flags and smiled for the camera after completing the 26.2-mile course.
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Zdeno Chára, the former Bruins captain, crossed the finish line with a time of 3:38:23. He announced he’d be running the race last month, raising money for the Thomas E. Smith Foundation and The Hoyt Foundation
Other big names to finish the race include Olympic gold medalist and former tennis pro Monica Puig, now Monica Rakitt, who finished the race in 3:49:47. One-time Red Sox players Brock Holt and Ryan Dempster are still on the grueling course. (And the current Sox just got off the bench after a long rain delay at Fenway.)
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Heavy rain poured down on Boston briefly this afternoon. GBH's Annie Shreffler is on the bridge for photographers above the finish line, and captured the scene:
What's it like on the "photo bridge" where the amazing photos of Boston Marathon finishers come from? Take a peek at the view from the top: pic.twitter.com/vNedyOIRJI— GBH News (@GBHNews) April 17, 2023
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Marathon runners are still racing the course, but Boston’s Patriots’ Day rain is putting a damper on the Red Sox. The game is delayed two innings into a home game against the Los Angeles Angels.
It's raining hard again at Fenway Park and here comes the tarp— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) April 17, 2023
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Twenty-seven Boston Marathon runners made history before the race even started this year: they registered for the race as nonbinary, which the Boston Athletic Association previously hadn’t allowed for the in-person race. In a field of nearly 30,000 runners, 27 are racing in the nonbinary category.
Americans Kae Ravichandran, Cal Calamia and Matthew Powers were the top three nonbinary finishers. Ravichandran crossed the finish line first with a time of 2:38:57.
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The Boston Marathon couldn't happen without hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Ashley Cronin (right) of Brookline and Michelle Thach of the North End are both medical assistants at Beth Israel. They are volunteers on the blanket distribution squad and were prepping to cover incoming runners. They will handle hundreds of blankets today.
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GBH's Diego Lopez is in Cleveland Circle, where runners from the earlier waves are passing through near mile 22.
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Hellen Obiri of Kenya is champion in the women’s division, crossing the finish line on Boylston Street with a time of 2:21:38. Ethiopian Amane Beriso crossed just behind her.
A group of the runners were clustered together for much of the race, until Obiri pulled away on Hereford Street.
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With just minutes left to go in the women’s race, a pack of four marathoners — Ethiopian Amane Beriso, Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh, Kenyan Hellen Obiri and Israeli Lonah Salpeter — are clustered together. Their lead is growing over American Emma Bates, who’s dropped several seconds behind.
Coming into Kenmore Square, four women side by side. Looks like this will be a replay of last year's dramatic final mile!— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
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Kenya’s Evans Chebet has crossed the finish line to win the men’s division of the Boston Marathon, in a repeat win from 2022, with a time of 2:05:54. Tanzanian Gabriel Geay came in second, just ahead of Kenya’s Benson Kipruto
Eliud Kipchoge, considered by many the Greatest of All Time marathon runner, came in fourth.
GBH's Esteban Bustillos saw Chebet power though to cross the finish line.
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If there has ever been a pack of women this size this late in the race, no one can remember it.— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
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The elite men's race looks have an unexpected upset in the making, as Eliud Kipchoge has fallen behind. Many said he could be the first runner to crack the elusive two-hour time in an official marathon. This year is his first time running the Boston Marathon.
Men are at Mile 22, Chebet leading Kipruto and then Geay in single file. On pace for a 2:05:46 finish.— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
POSTED 11:19 AM
Light rain over Boston has caused the Red Sox to push back the start of their game against the Los Angeles Angels.
#FenwayWeather Update: Due to inclement weather today’s first pitch is delayed. As soon as we have a new start time we will provide an update.— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 17, 2023
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The men and women's professional races are heating up.
As the men's pack breaks apart at a water stop, Gabriel Geay of Tanzania surges ahead. He's a 2:03:00 guy who was 4th here last year, and .@EliudKipchoge has fallen to the back of that pack.— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
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For many survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing 10 years ago, running has been a form of healing. That includes Robert Wheeler, who was a 23-year-old first-time competitor who had just crossed the marathon finish line in 2013 when the first bomb went off.
That traumatic day didn’t stop him from running, something that he found more solace in after the attacks. This year will be his ninth Boston Marathon. Trauma experts say it can help runners process difficult emotions, and it’s an activity many bombing survivors hve stuck to in the decade since the attacks. Survivors say running itself, and also returning to the course, has helped them heal.
Athletes, Wheeler said, tend to have “a fire” inside of them.
“And often enough, those with trauma have a little more,” he added. “Because unfortunately, trauma either tears you down, completely breaks you, or it can be a tool: you can use that fire to burn down the house, or you can use that fire to feed your soul and build yourself up and build that house within.”
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American Susannah Scaroni has won the women’s wheelchair division with a time of 1:41:45. It's her first time winning the Boston Marathon.
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We have a winner! Switzerland's Marcel Hug crossed the finish line on Boylston Street to win the men's wheelchair division. His unofficial time 1:17:06 broke his own course record.
GBH's Diego Lopez saw the wheelchair athletes in Cleveland Circle near mile 22.
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The professional women have left Hopkinton.
The #BostonMarathon open women's field is off! Among the women to watch are Amane Beriso, the third-fastest woman in history; Ababel Yeshaneh, who last year repeatedly traded the lead in the late going before setting for 2nd here, and @HellenObiri, in her first Boston.— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
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The professional mens field has left the start line in Hopkinton.
All eyes are on Eliud Kipchoge, the 38-year-old who is often heralded as the Greatest of All Time in the marathon: He holds two Olympic gold medals in the event, four first-place finishes at the London Marathon, another four at the Berlin Marathon, a first-place finish in Tokyo and one more in Chicago.
Many say he may be able be the first runner to crack the elusive two-hour time in an official marathon. This year is his first timing running the Boston Marathon.
Mark Carroll, head coach of the Boston Athletic Association’s High Performance Team, believes we’re close to a sub-two-hour marathon occurring in an official setting.
“Can it be done? [Kipchoge’s] done it. He’s done it on a closed course with pacemakers. He’s shown that sub-two-hours is possible in a controlled setting,” he said. “But I think the day where we see a two-hour marathon in a world marathon major is probably not too far away.”
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And they’re off! The 127th Boston Marathon is officially underway, as the men’s and women’s wheelchair divisions have just left Hopkinton.
And now the wheelchair women are off! That #BostonMarathon field is led by 4-time #BostonMarathon winner @manuelaschaer. She faces tough challengers in rising USA star @KenyanScaroni and reigning Paralympic champion Madison de Rozario.— B.A.A. (@BAA) April 17, 2023
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Take a peak inside the Athlete's Village in Hopkinton, where tens of thousands of runners are getting ready:
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A decade after the Boston Marathon bombing, the city still grieves and survivors are still recovering.
“At the Boylston Street finish line, now there are four twisted spires of bronzed metal reaching skyward. They stand sentry in a moving memorial to those who lost their lives in an instant. A remembrance and a reminder of our pledge never to forget," Callie Crossley writes.
“But some can’t forget — emotionally and mentally, time stopped for them. Many don’t show any signs of physical injury but carry invisible scars: the trauma they still live with."
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What does a person eat the night before running a marathon? Lots of runners like to carb load, while some, like Jeremie Dernott, chose pizza.
This is Jeremie Dernott — first time Boston marathoner from France and living in Michigan. He’s loving Boston so far— Jeremy Siegel (@jersiegel) April 17, 2023
His pre-race dinner?
🍕 PIZZAAAAAAA pic.twitter.com/jza6Z1pRIP
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April in Boston can bring any type of weather, from heat to snow to freezing rain. Today's conditions are damp and cool with morning temperatures in the 40s expected to get into the 50s with a chance of rain midday.
Here's what runners will see as they take off from the finish line:
It is HAZY out in Hopkinton this morning, where runners will begin the @bostonmarathon.— Jeremy Siegel (@jersiegel) April 17, 2023
This is the view they’ll be taking in as they kick off the 26.2 mile run — great running weather, they tell me, if the rain holds off! pic.twitter.com/UiqGfG395d
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You can watch the marathon at home by tuning into WCVB channel 5. Race coverage starts at 4 a.m. and goes through the evening. It will also air on ESPN from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Athletes leave Hopkinton in waves, starting around 9 a.m. and through 11 a.m., so there is plenty of action all day. The front runners are expected to cross the finish line around 11:45 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.
POSTED MONDAY 5:00 AM
The 26.2-mile marathon route starts in Hopkinton and makes its way through suburbs, all the way to the finish line in Boston. Although it starts slightly downhill, the notorious hills around Newton make it one of the more difficult marathons for distance runners.
After crossing the starting line on East Main Street in Hopkinton, runners follow Route 135 as they traverse through Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Wellesley. There, the marathon follows Route 16 and Commonwealth Avenue through the hills of Newton and up Heartbreak Hill. It turns onto Chestnut Hill Avenue through Cleveland Circle and takes Beacon Street into Brookline, then through Kenmore Square. As they come into Back Bay down Commonwealth Avenue, runners take a right on Hereford Street and a left on Boylston Street, and finally cross the finish line in Copley Square.
POSTED SUNDAY 4:30 PM
More than 100 golden retrivers came to Boston to honor Spencer, the official Boston Marathon dog, and Penny, who both died in February. Spencer was a therapy dog who was beloved for cheering runners on in recent years. The dogs greeted runners and visitors at the finish line, and gathered on Boston Common. Massachusetts Golden Meetups, which organized the event, donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of "Golden Strong" bandanas to canine cancer research.
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The attacks on the marathon 10 years ago have become an indelible part of Boston history, and two permanent markers now stand at the blast sites. But the items that were once part of the temporary memorial, have, in fact, been largely forgotten — even though they’ve been preserved in perpetuity and are accessible to the general public.
A huge swath of the objects that used to make up the memorial have been kept at the Boston City Archives in West Roxbury, a low-slung, nondescript building located near a Home Depot by Boston’s southwestern border.
Here, stored in the archives’ cavernous records room, you can find almost all of the temporary memorial’s so-called flat objects, including drawings, cards, notes, flags, race bibs, police patches and whiteboards that bear greetings and condolences from Boston and much further away. Other, more unwieldy objects, including most of the running shoes emblazoned with messages that came to define the memorial, are stored offsite but can also be retrieved for public viewing.
POSTED SUNDAY 11:20 AM
Each year, the night before the Boston Marathon, hundreds of cyclists meet at the race's starting line in Hopkinton for an unofficial, unsanctioned event: a midnight ride along the marathon’s 26.2 mile route.
While people have been biking the Boston Marathon route for a long time, it became a more regular tradition after 2009, when a group of Boston University students decided to go for a ride.
"We knew we loved biking but hated running,” said Greg Hum, who was one of those bikers.
“We wanted a way to connect with this amazing Boston tradition but didn't want to run it. So we decided to take our bikes on the train and bike the marathon home in the middle of the night.”
SATURDAY 8:16 PM
Ten years ago today, on April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon bombings forever changed what the race meant to this city.
For the 10-year anniversary, hundreds of people gathered at the finish line this afternoon to honor those affected by the attack. The city also unveiled a new marker on Boylston Street.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the people she talked to before and after the ceremony spoke about what they lost that day — but they also focused on the future.
"Because that's what we do here in Boston. This 10th anniversary is about what we lost, but it's about what we gained together," she said.
FRIDAY 12:30 PM
It’s almost time! GBH’s Liz Neisloss captured this scene of Boston marathon runner Bryant McArthur from Portland, Oregon taking a photo of fellow marathoner Erin Genova of North Redding, Mass at the Boston Marathon finish line. Genova says Monday's race will be her 12th Boston Marathon and this will be number two for McArthur.
The Boston Public Garden’s beloved Make Way for Ducklings statue are ready and dressed for the marathon.
Taking a break from the Twitter drama to note that the ducklings are dressed in their best for Marathon Monday pic.twitter.com/51IIb2JUG2— Meghan H. Smith (@meghansmith55) April 12, 2023
THURSDAY 1:00 PM
A week before the 2023 Boston Marathon, GBH’s Morning Edition did a race of their own: a race against the T.
Host Jeremy Siegel joined two runners, both of whom are training to run the Boston Marathon, in separate attempts to beat the MBTA's Green Line.
He wanted to see if he — a runner, but not a super fast one — could do it. He also wanted to put to the test whether right now, with all the slow zones in place while the T is inspecting and repairing lines, it could be more convenient to use your feet than your Charlie Card.
Read and listen: Spill the T — Can Boston Marathon runners beat the Green Line?