Monday, April 19, 2010

Boston Marathon Countdown: It's Race Day

I've been up since 5:45 a.m., sat on a bus for two hours in the Hopkinton High School parking lot, ran and then walked--story to follow on that one--26.2 miles to Boston, hung out at The University Club with Runner's World, dozed off for 20 minutes, ate dinner, dozed some more, and now can't seem to put two thoughts together from the hundreds that ran through my head during today's race. Expect more of a race report from me tomorrow when I can think clearer and get some rest--we'll just say it was an interesting stream of events on race day, good, bad and ugly as I tend to describe several races I do.

In the meantime, check out the Boston Marathon homepage for tons of race day details, the winners and top finishers, and searchable results. As I walked through the finish line area to grab food and my gear bag, I heard that Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi finished fourth and fifth, respectively, not winning the race as they had hoped. But talk about a shocker--an awesome one at that--to hear that Robert Cheruiyot, not to be confused with four-time Boston Marathon winner Robert K. Cheruiyot, shattered the course record to win in 2:05:52. Meanwhile, Teyba Erkesso crossed first for the women in 2:26:11 just edging out Tatyana Pushkareva who finished in 2:26:14. Hmm, sound a little familiar to the 2009 showdown on Boylston? Salina Kosgei, 2009 winner, finished third this time around in 2:28:35, roughly four minutes faster than the time she ran to win before.

OK, bedtime for me. More tomorrow--stay tuned.

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