Tocay's 2013 Boston Marathon did not disappoint. Leas changes and a sprint to the finish highlighted the oldest marathon in the country.
Cool temperatures greeted the field of 24,662 in Hopkinton on Monday morning for the 117th edition of the 26.2-mile run.
In the women’s race, Anna Dulce Felix of Portugal jumped out to over a minute lead prior to the Newtown Hills. She held that lead until near the 23 mile mark when the chase pack reeled her in. That’s when Kenyan Rita Jeptoo took over, finishing with several fast, decisive splits to take first place with a time of 2:26:25. Jeptoo also won in 2006.
American Shanalane Flanagan held on with the lead pack through the final miles of the race finishing in a impressive time of 2:27:08 to take fourth place. Fellow American Kara Goucher came in 6th.
In the men's race, a large pack remained together until three men broke away. The three stayed together as they passed the 25 mile mark.
The three waited patiently and it was impossible to tell who would take the title.
Then, after the last turn onto the famed Boylston street, in the final stretch, Ethiopian Lelisa Desis, a late entry into the marathon, kicked up the pace and crossed the line first, with a time of 2:10:22.
American Jason Hartman finished in fourth with a time of 2:12:11. Hartman finished ahead of Wesley Korir, the defending champion.
For more results, please visit the BAA Boston Marathon website here.
** Please note, all times listed are unofficial. Official times will be released later today via BAA Boston Marathon.