Boston is a city of inspiration. From historic moments in the American Revolution, to modern day athletic excellence in teams like the Celtics, Bruins and Patriots, Boston has an uncanny knack for nurturing greatness. In the sphere of running, Boston’s world renowned marathon is no exception. SInce the first race in 1897, the Boston Marathon has been a stage for inspired runners to shine, and an inspiration to all those who watch. To amplify the speed-inspiring spirit of this race, below are some of our favorite Boston Marathon moments to fuel you on your next run – whether it’s all 26.2 miles, or just a quick out and back.
In 1936, Ellison Brown rallied up the last hill of the Boston Marathon to defeat the defending champion John A. Kelley earning the now famous incline the name “Heartbreak Hill.” <Tweet this!
In 1966, Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb snuck onto the start of the Boston Marathon and finished the race in 3:21:40 making her the first woman to run the marathon. <Tweet this!
In 1967, Katherine Switzer defied gender barriers and ran as K V Switzer to be the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official race bib. <Tweet this!
In 1975, Bob Hall was the first person to compete in a major marathon from a wheelchair in Boston, finishing in a time of 2:58. <Tweet this!
In 1982 Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley dueled it out over all 26.2 miles in 70 degree weather for one of Boston’s closest finishes and most memorable races. <Tweet this!
In 2000, Elijah Lagat of Kenya and Ethiopian Gezahegne Abera both ran the Boston Marathon in 2:09:47 with Lagat only winning by a few seconds making it Boston’s closest marathon result ever. <Tweet this!
In 2002, Margaret Okayo set the women’s marathon record in Boston with a time of 2:20:43. <Tweet this!
In 2011, Geoffrey Mutai ran history’s fastest recorded marathon in Boston with a time of 2:03:02. <Tweet this!