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First Year for Each World Marathon Majors Race

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When was each of the individual World Marathon Majors marathon races first run?

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  • 1897 – Boston Marathon
  • 1970 – New York City Marathon
  • 1974 – Berlin Marathon
  • 1977 – Chicago Marathon
  • 1981 – London Marathon
  • 2007 – Tokyo Marathon

First to Break 10 Seconds in 100 Metre Race

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Who was the first runner to break 10 seconds for a 100 metre race?

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Runner Jim Hines of the United States set a record of 9.9 seconds in a manually timed race on June 20, 1968 in Sacramento, California. At the Mexico City Olympics he recorded an electronically timed time of 9.95 seconds to win the gold medal. Because it was electronically timed, his 9.95 mark was considered faster than his manually timed 9.9. Jim Hines record of 9.95 seconds for the 100 metre race held a long time until it was broken by Calvin Smith of the United States who ran 100 metres in 9.93 seconds in 1983.

First Sub-Four Minute Mile

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Who was the first runner to run a mile in under four minutes?

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On May 6, 1954 with a time of 3:59.4 Roger Bannister of the UK became the first runner to break the four-minute mile barrier.

Participants in First Boston Marathon

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How many people finished the first Boston Marathon in 1897?

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15 people started the first Boston Marathon in 1897. Of that fifteen, ten finished the the race. The winner was John J. McDermott with a time of 2:55:10. That first race covered a distance of 25.4 miles and started from Metcalf’s Hill in Ashland, MA.  The start of the Marathon was moved from Metcalf’s Hill to Hopkinton, MA in 1924 and at the same time the distance was extended to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard.

Winner of Most Boston Marathons

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Who has won the Boston Marathon the most times?

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In each division, the individual with the most Boston Marathon wins is:

  • Men’s Open: Clarence DeMar of the United States won the Boston Marathon 7 times (1911, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1930)
  • Women’s Open: Catherine Ndereba of Kenya won the Boston Marathon 4 times (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005)
  • Men’s Wheelchair: Ernst van Dyk of South Africa won the Boston Marathon 10 times (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014)
  • Women’s Wheelchair: Jean Driscoll of the United States won the Boston Marathon 8 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000)

First Boston Marathon

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When was the first Boston Marathon run and who was the winner of that first race?

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The first Boston Marathon was run in 1897. It was won by John J. McDermott of the United States in a time of 2:55:10, which was, of course, the first course record. Women did not run in that first Boston Marathon and were not officially sanctioned as participants until 1972.

Men’s Boston Marathon Winner Not from Africa

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The winner of the men’s division of the 2014 Boston Marathon was Meb Keflezighi, a U.S. citizen and the first U.S. citizen to win the race since 1983 – a race that has recently been dominated by citizens of African countries. Prior to 2014, when was the last time that the men’s division of the Boston Marathon was won by a citizen of a country outside of Africa?

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Previous to 2014, the last time the men’s division of the Boston Marathon was won by someone who called home some place other than Africa was in 2001 when Lee Bong-Ju from South Korea won the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:09:43. In the interveing years between 2001 and 2014 the men’s division has be dominated by runners from Ethiopia and Kenya.

It should be noted that 2014’s winner, Meb Keflezighi was born in Asmara, Eritrea in Africa. He and his family came to the United States as refugees in 1987. He became a U.S. Citizen in 1998 – the year he graduated from UCLA.

World Marathon Majors

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What marathon races comprise the World Marathon Majors?

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Founded in 2006, the World Marathon Majors consists of the following marathons:

  • Berlin Marathon – Berlin, Germany
  • Boston Marathon – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago Marathon – Chicago, Illinois
  • London Marathon – London, England
  • New York City Marathon – New York, New York
  • Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo, Japan
  • IAAF World Championships Marathon (in odd-numbered years)
  • The Olympic Games Marathon (in years evenly divisible by four)

See here to learn more about the World Marathon Majors.

First Non-American to Win Boston Marathon

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The Boston Marathon was last won by Americans in 1983 for the men and 1985 for the women. When was the first Boston Marathon win by a non-American?

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The first non-American winner of the Boston Marathon was Ronald J. MacDonald of Canada who won the 2nd Boston Marathon in 1898 with a time of 2:55:10. He was one of two Canadians who dominated the first 5 years of the race the two of them winning 3 times (1 for MacDonald, and 2 in 1900 and 1901 for Canadian John Caffery).

Right on Hereford; Left on Boylston

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What is the significance of the phrase “right on Hereford; left on Boylston“?

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Right on Hereford; left on Boylston are the final two turns into the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Keep Running, Boston: 2014 Boston Marathon – Monday, April 21.