Boston Marathon 2017

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What a great day to be a Bostonian! The 121st Boston Marathon took place today and it was certainly one to remember. The first winners to cross the finish line did so in record-breaking fashion. For the men's wheelchair race, in yet another close finish, Marcel Hug edged his long time rival, Ernst van Dyk for the victory. This victory gave Hug his third straight wheelchair title in the Boston Marathon. Hug, a 31-year-old Swiss native, set a Boston marathon record, finishing in 1:18:03. It was a nail-biting finish as both of them were pushing back and forth, but it ended that Hug just beat van Dyk for the title by one second. For the women's wheelchair race, Manuela Schar of Switzerland finished in 1:28:16 minutes, shattering Wakako Tsuchida's 2011 record of 1:34:06. Once she had crossed the finish line, she was in tears and disbelief that she had won the Boston Marathon. She was well ahead of everyone after mile 21 and was able to easily finish to victory. For the women's race, runner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, finished first with a time of 2:21:53. The women's race was very close throughout the marathon, until about mile 20 when Kiplagat surged on a pack of five women through heart break hill and was able to get the victory. This was her first Boston Marathon and for her win, Kiplagat took home $150,000. For the men's race, Geoffrey Kirui, another Kenyan, won the race, pulling away from three-time U.S. Olympian Galen Rupp with two miles to go. This has been Kenya's first men's marathon victory in five years. Kirui told reporters that he thought it was a perfect day to race and that he followed his instincts and that paid off. Some other highlights from the Boston Marathon included Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon, greeting the family of Martin Richard, who was lost during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Meb finished 13th this year and stated that this was his last Boston Marathon race. In Hopkinton, the atmosphere was very festive with thousands of people at the start line cheering on the runners. There were also two fighter jets that flew by the town at the end of the national anthem. Some Hopkinton residents even made an appearance in the Boston Marathon. Hopkinton resident Nikolai Markovich was able to finish his race and was greeted by his family at the finish line. Nikolai was running to support the Hopkinton High School Class of 2018 in order of raising donations to student activities. Overall, it was a beautiful day for the Boston Marathon and an overall great atmosphere in the city of Boston!