On Monday April 21 a huge field of over 35,000 runners was on hand to take part in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
It's the 118th edition of the race and to one marathoner in particular, victory would be especially sweet.
Although it's been almost 30 years since an American has won Boston, American marathoner Shalane Flanagan went into this race with victory on her mind.
Flanagan finished fourth in the women's division in 2013 and according to an article on the Boston.com website she wanted to win Boston for Boston.
Oddly enough it was two Kenyans and two Ethiopians taking first, second, third, and fifth spots in both the male and female results in 2013.
Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won for the women in 2013 and the laurel wreath of victory for the men went to Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia.
American marathoners Shalane Flanagan and Jason Hartmann both finished fourth.
Things looked excellent for Flanagan in the early stages of the 2014 race.
She was in first place as the elite women crossed over the ten mile mark and at twelve miles still held onto the lead.
However it was Kenyan Rita Jeptoo biding her time and taking over the lead in the closing miles and goes on to win the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Meb Keflezighi was also representing the U.S.A. was in the lead for the elite men at the seven mile mark.
Meb Keflezighi began to pull away on his own and when he reached Heartbreak Hill but with two miles left to run Wilson Chebet of Kenya had closed to within 12 seconds.
But Keflezighi hangs on and is the first American to win Boston since 1983.
Van Dyk of South Africa was the first athlete in the race to cross the 2014 Boston Marathon when he took top honors in the wheelchair division.
Tatyana McFadden of the USA took top spot in the female wheelchair division.
Be sure to check out IronStruck.com for the race story and results of the race for top spot among the pro men, as well as finish times of the top athletes as they become available.