Race Facts and 2014 Notes

Boston Athletic Association

Among the nation’s oldest athletic clubs, the B.A.A. was established in 1887, and, in 1896, more than half of the U.S. Olympic Team at the first modern games was comprised of B.A.A. club members. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon, which culminated the B.A.A. Games on April 19, 1897. John J. McDermott emerged from a 15-member starting field to complete the course (then 24.5 miles) in a winning time of 2:55:10. The Boston Marathon has since become the world’s oldest annually contested marathon. The addition of principal sponsor John Hancock Financial Services in 1986 has solidified the event’s success over the past 29 years and ensures it well into the future.

Boston Marathon World Run

Even with an expanded field size in 2014, countless runners will not be eligible for participation in the 2014 Boston Marathon. To adopt an inclusive and virtual model, the B.A.A. will organize a virtual Boston Marathon, in which anyone can sign up and a run a distance of which he or she is comfortable leading up to, and concluding on Marathon Monday, 2014. The event will be called the Boston Marathon World Run. By hosting this event virtually, the B.A.A. will not only be redirecting the unprecedented pressure of people to compete in the real thing, but it will be expanding its mission of promoting health and fitness through running. Runners of all abilities, from all corners of the planet will be united in a day of running as the Boston Marathon World Run begins. On April 21, 2014, we are all Boston Marathoners. Any distance, any duration of time, any ability level, anywhere.

Patriots’ Day

Since its inception, the Boston Marathon has been held on the holiday commemorating Patriots’ Day. From 1897-1968, the Boston Marathon was held on April 19, unless the 19th fell on a Sunday. Since 1969, the holiday has been officially recognized on the third Monday in April. The 118th race will mark the 46th consecutive year the race has been held on a Monday. The last non-Monday champion was current Runner’s World editor Amby Burfoot, who posted a time of 2:22:17 on Friday, April 19, 1968.

$806,000 Prize Purse at Stake

The total prize money distributed among the top finishers of the 118th Boston Marathon will be $806,000, plus an additional $220,000 if records are broken in the open, masters, or push rim wheelchair divisions. As principal sponsor, John Hancock provided the first-ever prize money and bonus awards in 1986 and continues that tradition. The top finishers have received over $16.5 million in prize money and course-record bonuses over the past 29 years. Click here for a complete breakdown of the 2014 prize purse.

2014 Annual B.A.A. Distance Medley

The 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley kicks off during Marathon Weekend with the sixth annual B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 19. The three-race series also includes the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund, on October 12. Last year, Stephen Sambu (KEN) and Kim Smith (NZL) took home those honors. After placing fifth in the B.A.A. 5K, and then taking the victory in the B.A.A. 10K, Sambu headed into the final event with a comfortable 26-second lead. His third place finish at the B.A.A. Half Marathon was enough to secure a 32-second win over fellow countryman, Daniel Salel. Kim Smith (NZL) once again dominated the series, with first place finishes at the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Half Marathon, and a runner-up finish at the B.A.A. 10K. In the end, Smith won her second B.A.A. Distance Medley title by over four minutes.

Patriots’ Award

Since 2002, the B.A.A. and the City of Boston have presented the Patriots’ Award at a ceremony in the days before the Boston Marathon. Awarded to a New England-based individual, group, or organization that is patriotic, philanthropic, inspirational, and fosters goodwill and sportsmanship, the Patriots’ Award further unifies the Boston Marathon with Patriots’ Day, the holiday on which the race has been held since 1897. The recipients of the award have been Robert and Myra Kraft and the New England Patriots (2002); Red Auerbach and the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation (2003); Ron Burton and the Ron Burton Training Village (2004); the Boston Red Sox Foundation (2005); Rick and Dick Hoyt (2006); Joan Benoit Samuelson (2007); Mike Andrews and the Jimmy Fund (2008); longtime Boston bartenders and philanthropists Eddie Doyle and Tommy Leonard (2009); lifetime New England Patriot and three-time Super Bowl Champion Tedy Bruschi (2010); and Carol Fulp, Senior Vice President of Brand Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for John Hancock Financial Services (2011); and long-time Boston Red Sox pitcher and active community philanthropist Tim Wakefield (2012); founder of the Boston Marathon Shadow Run, Lt. Colonel Rodney Freeman (2013).

Charity Programs

In 2013, 35 charities combined to raise $12.9 million, bringing the total to nearly $141 million in funds raised for Boston-area organizations since it began in 1989. Click here for additional information.

The John Hancock Non-Profit Program offers local organizations the opportunity to secure invitational entries into the race. These entries provide a significant fundraising opportunity and important exposure for these non-profits. In 2013 over a thousand John Hancock-sponsored non-profit runners, including more than 150 John Hancock and Manulife employees, raised $7.9 million for 146 local charities.

Over the past 28 years, the official B.A.A. and John Hancock Non-Profit Programs have combined to raise more than $170 million for community organizations.

World Marathon Majors

In 2006, the Boston Marathon joined the Virgin Money London Marathon, BMW Berlin- Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and TCS New York City Marathon in launching the World Marathon Majors. In November 2012, the Tokyo Marathon joined the series. Athletes placing in the top five in these events are awarded points (25 for first, 15 for second, 10 for third, 5 for fourth, and 1 for fifth). Points are also awarded for performance at the IAAF World Championships Marathon and the Olympic Marathon. The cycles of the World Marathon Majors Series overlap, so while 2013 concluded the eighth year of the Series, it also marked the beginning of the 2013-2014 series. For more information, click here.

First to Sponsor Wheelchair Division

The Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division competition when it officially recognized Bob Hall in 1975. Since that time, the Boston Marathon has hosted over 1,500 competitors in the wheelchair division. This year, they’ll compete for a $60,000 prize purse, with $15,000 going to the first place finishers.


Approximately 500,000 spectators line the 26.2-mile course annually, making the Boston Marathon New England's most widely viewed sporting event, according to estimates by police and public safety officials from the eight cities and towns along the route.

Financial Boost

The Boston Marathon brings in an estimated $142 million to the Greater Boston economy during race week. The 2013 Boston Marathon was second only to the 100th anniversary race in economic impact and number of runners. In 1996 there were 38,708 runners and spending impact reached $172 million.

Boston Marathon in Afghanistan

In 2014, service members and civilian personnel at Bagram Air Base (Parwan Province) will line up on Saturday, April 19th in the third Boston Marathon / Afghanistan. There will be 600 participants. The last time that the event was organized was 2012 and there were 249 finishers. Due to a moratorium on military “fun runs”, there was no event in 2013. (The B.A.A. supported the event at COB Adder, Talil, Iraq for seven years, in 2008 aboard USS Nimitz and in 2011 and 2012 at Bagram Air Base).

AT&T Athlete Alert Program

Official runners of the 2013 Boston Marathon can register to send friends and family automatic updates on their progress along the course using the AT&T Athlete Alert Program. Messages will be automatically delivered to any device capable of receiving short messages, such as a digital cellular phone, pager, hand-held device, or e-mail address. Alerts will be broadcast from the 10-kilometer, half-marathon, and 30-kilometer marks, as well as the finish, when the runner passes those locations. The B.A.A. first used the electronic timing and scoring device in 1995 on a trial basis with the push rim wheelchair division. All participants in the historic 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 were scored using the ChampionChip.

B.A.A. 5K

In 2014, for the sixth time, race weekend will include a competitive citizens' 5K, with a field limit of 10,000 runners. The B.A.A. 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, and the 3.1-mile course is a scenic tour mostly though Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods, while passing some of Boston's historical attractions. The race start and finish is at Boston Common and crosses at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street. The race has a $40,000 prize purse at stake, with $7,500 going to the first place men's and women's finishers. This year's 5K is the kick-off to the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, comprised of the B.A.A. 5K, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 12.

B.A.A. Invitational Mile Races

The top scholastic boys and girls from the cities and towns of the Marathon course, as well as a field of professional male and female milers from around the world will take off in the sixth annual mile races. The races start at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. Races begin on Boylston Street, end at the Boston Marathon finish line, and provide an opportunity for athletes of a shorter distance to excel on race weekend. For the fifth year, as part of the B.A.A.'s commitment to the cities and towns which host the event, the two top middle school boys and girls from each city and town will compete in 1,000 meter races around the block on Saturday after the B.A.A. 5K. The teenage competitors will get to cross the famous Marathon finish line in front of thousands of spectators.

Club 118 and the B.A.A. Relay Challenge

2014 marks the 18th year of the Boston Athletic Association and adidas's youth running program, designed to introduce kids to the benefits of the sport of running. The name, "Club 118," is derived from the current year's Marathon and begins four weeks before the program's culmination: the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. Coaches train participants each week in one-hour sessions, providing instruction that includes concepts such as teamwork, motivation, and goal-setting. Last year, more than 750 children from 17 Boston and neighboring-community youth clubs experienced the exhilaration and triumph of crossing the historic Boston Marathon finish line. The Relay Challenge consists of a series of age-group and team-oriented relay races. Club 118 and the B.A.A. Relay Challenge are part of the year-round Training Basics youth program, an initiative created from the partnership between the B.A.A. and adidas. Nearly 18,500 Boston-area youths have participated in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge since its inception in 1997.

More Age Group Awards

Top athletes in age group divisions will receive awards, given in five-year increments. The age groups are: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and older.

Most Boston Marathons

One of the most colorful characters in the history of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, John A. Kelley (no relation to John J. Kelley), was a fixture of the race for nearly seven decades. A starter on race day 61 times, Kelley completed 58 Boston Marathons. Kelley was not only a two-time winner of Boston (1935 and 1945), but he also finished second a record seven times and recorded 18 finishes in the top 10. Kelley first tried the race in 1928, but it was not until 1933, in his third attempt, that he completed the course, placing 37th in 3:03:56. He completed his last marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84. In 1993, the statue “Young at Heart” was dedicated in honor of Kelley. Located at the base of Heartbreak Hill in Newton, a landmark named in reference to one of Kelley’s seven runner-up performances, the statue depicts a young Kelley winning in 1935 at age 27 and clasping hands with an older Kelley finishing in 1991 at age 83. The sculpture stands in tribute to his longevity and spirit. Kelley served as the Boston Marathon’s grand marshal from 1995-2004 (missing only 1999 due to illness), preceding the race in a pace car. On October 6, 2004, John A. Kelley passed away, leaving behind an endless trail of contributions to the sport of running that will continue to inspire generations of athletes for years to come.

Four Olympic Champions Have Won Boston

Three-time women’s champion Fatuma Roba (ETH) became the fourth person to win the Olympic Games Marathon and the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, when she posted a time of 2:26:23 to win the 1997 Boston Marathon. Roba, who won the 1996 Olympic Marathon, joined fellow women’s champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won Boston in 1979 and 1983, before adding the 1984 Olympic Games title; and Rosa Mota (POR), who won a trio of Boston crowns (1987, 1988, and 1990), while adding the 1988 Olympic title. Gelindo Bordin (ITA) is the only male to have won the Olympic (1988) and Boston (1990) titles.

Only B.A.A. Running Club Champion

2007 marked the 50th anniversary of John J. Kelley becoming the only B.A.A. Club member to win the Boston Marathon, as he established a then-course record of 2:20:05 to capture the 1957 race. Kelley finished second on five other occasions (1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1963). In total, a runner from the B.A.A. has finished in the runner-up spot 10 times; the others were Ted Vogel (1948), John Patrick Lafferty (1951), Pat McMahon (1971), and Patti Lyons [Dillon] in 1979 and 1980. Dillon represented Athletics West when she posted her third consecutive runner-up finish in 1981. John J. Kelley passed away at the age of 80 on August 21, 2011.

Past Champions

Four significant milestone anniversaries are being celebrated in 2014 – Catherine Ndereba (2004) won her third of four titles; Geoff Smith (1984) won the first of his back-to-back victories; Aurele Vandendriessche (1964) won his second of back-to-back titles; and James Duffy (1914) won the Boston Marathon by a mere 16 seconds, making it the second closest finish at that time.

10-year Anniversary (2004)
Open: Timothy Cherigat (KEN); Catherine Ndereba (KEN)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Ernst Van Dyk (RSA); Cheri Blauwet (CA)

20-year Anniversary (1994)
Open: Cosmas Ndeti (KEN); Uta Pippig (GER)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Heinz Frei (SUI); Jean Driscoll (IL)

25-year Anniversary (1989)
Open: Abebe Mekonnen (ETH); Ingrid Kristiansen (NOR)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Philippe Couprie (FRA); Connie Hansen (DEN)

30-year Anniversary (1984)
Open: Geoff Smith (GBR); Lisa Larsen-Weindenbach (MI)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Andre Viger (CAN); Sherry Ramsey (CO)

35-year Anniversary (1979)
Open: Bill Rodgers (MA); Joan Benoit (ME)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Kenneth Archer (MD); Sheryl Bair (CA)

40-year Anniversary (1974)
Open: Neil Cusack (IRL); Michiko Gorman (CA)

50-year Anniversary (1964)
Open: Aurele Vandendriessche (BEL)

75-year Anniversary (1939)
Open: Ellison M. Brown (RI)

100-year Anniversary (1914)
Open: James Duffy (CAN)


25+ Consecutive Boston Marathons Completed

Name Consecutive Bostons Net time in 2011 Age
(as of 2012 race)
Bennett Beach46(5:39:32*)M63Bethesda, MD
Timothy Lepore45 (6:32:44*)M68Nantucket, MA
Mark Bauman44 (4:23:36*)M63Flushing, MI
Dave McGillivray41 (4:30:00)M58North Andover, MA
Russell Gill40 (3:52:52)M61Hilliard, OH
Ronald Kmiec40 (4:23:46*)M70Carlisle, MA
Doug White40 (4:34:20*)M70Hockessin, DE
Thomas Homeyer39(3:49:43)M64Tully, NY
Kevin Petrovek 39(7:16:56*)M62Hyannis, MA
Ludovit S. Cap 38 (5:05:18*)M67Hilton Head Island, SC
Daniel Larson 38 (3:39:27)M61Queensbury, NY
Stanley Vancelette37(6:41:16*)M76Amherst, NH
Michael Beeman36(4:43:09*)M56Tifton, GA
Steve Coffman36(5:17:57*)M65 Alexandira, VA
Andrea Hatch36 (5:39:52*)F69Colorado Springs, CO
James A. Baker 35 (4:27:39*)M62Oklahoma City, OK
Michael P. Barr35(4:52:12*)M62Bexley, OH
Richard J. Carling35(5:18:03*)M5 Salt Lake City, UT
Mark J. Buciak 34(4:16:09*)M52Chicago, IL
S. Mark Courtney34(3:12:48)M57Grove City, PA
Ed M. Donoghue34 (4:46:04*)M73Monroe, GA
James E. Musante33(3:54:12)M55New Smyrna Beach, FL
Fred D. Bostrom31(5:15:35*)M75Brackney, PA
John Ratier31(3:53:26)M55 Bristol, RI
Scott Strider31(5:15:01*)M53Hollywood, FL
William J. Coulter30(5:22:30*)M61Stoughton, MA
Harry Lepp 30(4:04:04)M56Danielson, CT
Gerard J. Ottaviano30(3:58:06)M55 Westford, MA
James Flanigan29(4:45:32*)M63Davis, CA
Roger Goulet 29 (4:22:49*)M71St-Jean Chrysostome, CAN
Nona Cerveny28 (5:22:38*)F64Scottsdale, AZ
Gregory Elliott28(3:50:08)M64Chicago, IL
John Frederick28(3:44:06)M60Toronto, CAN
Timothy Gilday28(4:42:47*)M58Salem, NH
Todd White28 (2:59:45)M48 Huntsville, AL
Scott Graham27(3:26:34) M54 Westford, MA
Patricia Hung27 (4:34:50*) F67 Orinda, CA
William Kauffman27 (3:16:57) M55 Wilmington, DE
William Langevin27 (4:13:03*) M64 St. Paul, MN
William Romito27 (3:38:47) M59 Leeds, MA
Mark Sullivan27 (4:12:01) M50 Freeburg, PA
Bob Lehew27 (4:32:40*) M70 Dallas, TX
David Audet26 (3:01:20) M48 Concord, NH
John Delaney26 (3:38:58) M52 Sonoma, CA
James Driscoll26 (3:40:40) M56 Medina, MN
John Geesler26 (3:16:25) M54 St. Johnsville, NY
Joy Hampton26 (3:57:49) F66 Clarksboro, NJ
Stephen Burrows25 (4:39:47*) M61 Orillia, ON
Brian Crane25 (3:14:20) M48 Townsend, MA
Stephen Jayson25 (3:39:53) M60 Cherokee, TX
Bill Snyder25 (6:06:49*) M69 Gross Point Park, MI
Michael Williams25 (3:41:26) M60 Edmond, OK

* projected finish due to bombing