Men’s Open: Lelisa Desisa (ETH), 2:09:17
Women’s Open: Caroline Rotich (KEN), 2:24:55
Men’s Push Rim Wheelchair: Marcel Hug (SUI), 1:29:53
Women’s Push Rim Wheelchair: Tatyana McFadden (USA), 1:52:54

119th Boston Marathon Synopsis

Despite a consistent rain, cold temperatures, and a biting wind, the 2015 Boston Marathon did not disappoint, with a pair of races playing out in dramatic fashion. Two years after winning his first Boston Marathon title, Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa returned to Boston seeking to reclaim the champion’s medal. After battling with fellow countryman Yemane Adhane Tsegay as they entered the City of Boston, Desisa broke away and defiantly pushed on through the elements, winning in 2:09:17. With his victory, Desisa became the first Ethiopian to win the men’s race twice. In the women’s race, Caroline Rotich of Kenya used a finely timed surge on Boylston Street to outlast Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba and Buzunesh Deba, winning her first Boston Marathon title with a time of 2:24:55. Rotich, who trains and lives part time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, became the fifth consecutive women’s open champion to hail from Kenya.

American Tatyana McFadden continued her winning tradition, claiming her third consecutive push rim wheelchair title in a time of 1:52:54. McFadden extended her winning streak at Abbott World Marathon Major events to nine races. On the men’s side, Switzerland’ Marcel Hug earned his first Boston Marathon crown in 1:29:53. Hug defeated runner-up Ernst van Dyk by six minutes and 34 seconds.

A remarkable 98.6 percent of those who started the race finished, including athletes from all 50 states and 89 countries. Perhaps most impressive were the 9,000 volunteers who withstood the harsh conditions to help make the 2015 Boston Marathon a success.

For a complete collection of Boston Marathon yearly synopses, from 1897 to 2015, please visit Race History page.



Name Time
1. Lelisa Desisa (25, ETH) 2:09:17
2. Yemane Adhane Tsegay (30, ETH) 2:09:48
3. Wilson Chebet (29, KEN) 2:10:22
4. Bernard Kipyego (28, KEN) 2:10:47
5. Wesley Korir (32, KEN) 2:10:49
6. Frankline Chepkwony (30, KEN) 2:10:52
7. Dathan Ritzenhein (32, USA) 2:11:20
8. Meb Keflezighi (39, USA) 2:12:42
9. Tadese Tola (27, ETH) 2:13:35
10. Vitaliy Shafar (33, UKR) 2:13:52


Name Time
1. Caroline Rotich (30 , KEN) 2:24:55
2. Mare Dibaba (25 , ETH) 2:24:59
3. Buzunesh Deba (27 , ETH) 2:25:09
4. Desiree Linden (31 , MI) 2:25:39
5. Sharon Cherop (31 , KEN) 2:26:05
6. Caroline Kilel (34 , KEN) 2:26:40
7. Aberu Kebede (28 , ETH) 2:26:52
8. Shure Demise (19 , ETH) 2:27:14
9. Shalane Flanagan (33 , OR) 2:27:47
10. Joyce Chepkirui (26 , KEN) 2:29:07

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