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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.