Monday, April 20, 2009

The Boston Marathon 2009

This year's 113th edition of the oldest annual marathon features Keny's Robert Kipkeoech Cheruiyot who will go for his fifth victory in the Boston Marathon. Cheruiyot was the winner of the 2003, 2006, 2007, and the 2008 race. If Cheruiyot does pull off a victory today, he will set a record as the first man to win four consecutive Boston Marathon Victories.

Cheruiyot is the record holder for the marathon with an amazing time of 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 14 seconds.

This year may be the best best chance in decades to stop a streak of dominance that has seen Kenyans win 16 of the last 18 men's races and six of the last nine on the women's side.

Ryan Hall's time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 17 seconds from London last year is the fastest personal best in the field, and Kara Goucher finished third in New York last year in 2:25:53 in her marathon debut — the fastest ever for an American woman.

Running ambassador Bill Rodgers, 61, will run for Athletes for a Cure, which raises awareness for prostate cancer research. He is a cancer survivor. Rodgers was victories in 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

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