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The most famous part of the course comes in between the 20th and 21st mile — Heartbreak Hill. It is an uphill portion of less than a half mile as the runners pass near the campus of Boston College, but it’s considered a crucial part of the race because it’s where participants’ energy often is depleted as they “hit the wall.”
There, in 1936, defending champion Johnny Kelley caught race leader Tarzan Brown and gave him a pat on the shoulder as he passed. However, Brown rallied to win and according to the Boston Globe’s account of the race, “broke Kelley’s heart” — hence the name Heartbreak Hill.
Course records: The men’s record is held by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who won the 2011 marathon in 2:03:02. The women’s record, set in 2014, is by Bezunesh Deba of Ethiopia in 2:19:59.
In what organizers said were the coldest race conditions in 30 years — a chilly 39 degrees at the start — runners bundled in layers, gloves, hats and jackets to counter the rain and wind at last year’s marathon.
Desi Linden became the first American woman to win since 1985 when she crossed the finish line in 2:39:54. The two-time U.S. Olympian finally broke through in Boston after finishing fourth in 2017 and second in 2011.
In the men’s race, Yuki Kawauchi of Japan won his first Boston Marathon in 2:15:58. The last Japanese man to win was Toshihiko Seko in 1987.
World marathon majors: Boston is among the six largest marathons, along with Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City. A special prize purse is given to runners who accumulate the most points in the majors.
World Wars: Just five national sporting events were held during the two World Wars, and the Boston Marathon was one. The others? The Kentucky Derby, Penn Relays, Rose Parade and Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
Tragedy: 2019 marks the six-year anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, when two explosions took place only a few seconds apart at the finish line.
A review of video from the scene focused a tense search for two brothers from Chechnya Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in an encounter with police three days after the bombing. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev finally was captured and sentenced to death by execution after a jury found him responsible for killing three people, seriously maiming 17 and injuring hundreds more.
A San Francisco man who’s running in Monday’s Boston Marathon has had a unique training regimen: he’s spent years doing laps inside San Quentin State Prison.
Weeks after stepping out of San Quentin Prison, Markelle Taylor is realizing his dream of running the Boston Marathon.Most of Taylor’s training comes from years in the 1,000 Mile Club, a running group inside San Quentin led by volunteer coaches.
“What I do is concentrate on my breathing, my running,” Taylor said. “It’s my way of meditating, it’s my way of being free.”Club members compete in the annual San Quentin Marathon — 105 laps around the prison yard.
Head coach Frank Ruona says Taylor has owned first place.“He holds all the San Quentin records for all the distances,” Ruona said.
Taylor has also made strides turning his life around.After serving almost 18 years behind bars for a second degree murder conviction, the 46-year-old San Francisco man got his sentence commuted.
“Through my God, my spiritual transformation and through my running, (they) gave me my healing and my purpose,” Taylor explained.Christine Yoo met him while directing a documentary on the running club, called “26.2 to Life: the San Quentin Prison Marathon.”
Yoo worked to make Taylor’s Boston marathon dream a reality.“As soon as he was found suitable for parole, for whatever reason, I … saw in my mind that he was crossing the finish line in Boston,” she remembered.
Taylor ran the San Quentin marathon in 3 hours, 10 minutes and 42 seconds, his personal best.It qualified him for Boston but the entry deadline passed.
With the help of the race director Dave McGillivray, who started the nation’s first prison running club in Massachusetts, Yoo found a way for Markelle to run.
He got a spot as a part of a charity team — the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.Recently, an online campaign raised the money he needed to join the team: $8,500 donated to the nonprofit’s economic and social justice mission.
Taylor, who has been averaging a race a week training with volunteer coaches, hopes to complete the Boston Marathon in under three hours.
“He actually was the first 40 and older runner to finish the Oakland half marathon. He took first place,” noted coach Ruona.
Volunteer coach Diana Fitzpatrick added that Taylor’s attitude makes all the difference.“He’s open to changing, improving, getting better, listening to advice, listening to coaches,” she observed.
The same qualities are helping him settle into his new job, transitional housing and new opportunities.
“I’m a winner in the fact that I did the work to allow myself a second chance at freedom and, by going to Boston, that’s another blessing,” Taylor said.And when he crosses the finish line, he hopes it’s the start of many milestones in his marathon of life.