The 125th Boston marathon took place on Monday, a year after the annual race went virtual race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The marathon usually takes place on Patriots' Day, but this year, in its first in-person installment since 2019, it took place on Indigenous People's Day.
At the top of both elite categories, runners from Kenya reigned supreme. Benson Kipruto of Kenya won the men's elite and Diana Kipyogei, also of Kenya, won the women's elite.
This is Kipruto's first Boston Marathon win with an unofficial time of 2:09:51 and his third marathon win. Kipruto was 46 seconds ahead of Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia, who finished with a time of 2:10:37. Third-place finisher Jemal Winer of Ethiopia clocked in at 2:10:38.
Kipyogei's official time was 2:24:45 and she took the lead near the 18-mile marker. This is the 27-year-old biggest win to date. Kenyan Edna Kiplagat finished in second and Mary Ngugi, also from Kenya, came in third.
In the men's wheelchair category, Marcel Hug of Switzerland won and Manuela Schär, also of Switzerland, won for the women.
Last year, the marathon was canceled for the first time in its 124 year history. The Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, runs from Hopkinton, Mass. to Boylston Street in Boston.