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The 2016 Boston Marathon was the 120th running of the Boston Athletic Association's mass-participation marathon. It took place on Monday, April 18 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts). Both of the winners were from Ethiopia: the men's race was won by Lemi Berhanu Hayle in a time of 2:12:45. Atsede Baysa won the women's race with a time of 2:29:19.

2016 Boston Marathon
Berhanu Lemi Hayle.jpg Atsede Baysa Tesema.jpg
Winners Lemi Berhanu Hayle and Atsede Baysa approaching the halfway point
DatesApril 18
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Course map

The event ran along the same winding course the Marathon has followed for many decades ‍—‌26 miles 385 yards (42.195 km) of roads and city streets, starting in Hopkinton and passing through six Massachusetts cities and towns, to the finish line beside the Boston Public Library, on Boylston Street in Boston's Copley Square.[1]

Over 30,000 valid entries were submitted, with an approximate total of 27,500 runners starting the race. All 50 US states were represented at the marathon, as well as several U.S territories, including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S Virgin Islands.[2]

The race was broadcast live on WBZ-TV in Boston and on NBC Sports in the rest of the United States.

Race summaryEdit

Joyce Chepkirui, Tirfi Tsegaye and Valentine Kipketer lead the women at mile 19
Second place Lelisa Desisa leads eventual winner Lemi Berhanu Hayle at mile 19

Race day was sunny and warm, with temperatures around 70 F (21 C) and a little wind. Security was extensive, with police from several towns and national guard patrolling along the course.[3]


Defending women's champion Caroline Rotich entered but did not complete the race, withdrawing after 5.0 miles (8.0 km). Three runners, Joyce Chepkirui, Tirfi Tsegaye and Valentine Kipketer led at 19.0 miles (30.6 km). Eventual winner, Atsede Baysa, well behind (by 37 seconds) even at 22.0 miles (35.4 km), passed second and third-place finishers Tsegaye and Chepkirui with two miles to go.[4][5]


Lelisa Desisa, who won Boston in 2013 and 2015, and 21-year-old Lemi Berhanu Hayle led the men's field for most of the race. Hayle pulled ahead of Desisa off the Massachusetts Turnpike into Kenmore Square at 25 miles (40 km), maintaining his lead to take the finish line.[6] Yemane Tsegay came in third, completing a podium sweep for Ethiopia.[7][8]


In the wheelchair races, Marcel Hug won his second Boston Marathon in a three-way finish with ten-time winner Ernst van Dyk and Kurt Fearnley. Tatyana McFadden won her fourth successive title, a full minute ahead of Manuela Schar and 2015 runner-up Wakako Tsuchida.[5]


Official results from the Boston Athletic Association:[9]

Elite Men
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Lemi Berhanu Hayle   Ethiopia 2:12:45
  Lelisa Desisa   Ethiopia 2:13:32
  Yemane Tsegay   Ethiopia 2:14:02
4 Wesley Korir   Kenya 2:14:05
5 Paul Lonyangata   Kenya 2:15:45
6 Sammy Kitwara   Kenya 2:16:43
7 Stephen Chebogut   Kenya 2:16:52
8 Abdi Nageeye   Netherlands 2:18:05
9 Getu Feleke   Ethiopia 2:18:46
10 Zachary Hine   United States 2:21:37
Elite Women
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Atsede Baysa   Ethiopia 2:29:19
  Tirfi Tsegaye   Ethiopia 2:30:03
  Joyce Chepkirui   Kenya 2:30:50
4 Jeļena Prokopčuka   Latvia 2:32:28
5 Valentine Kipketer   Kenya 2:33:13
6 Flomena Cheyech Daniel   Kenya 2:33:40
7 Bizunesh Deba   Ethiopia 2:33:56
8 Fate Tola   Ethiopia 2:34:38
9 Neely Spence Gracey   United States 2:35:00
10 Mamitu Daska   Ethiopia 2:37:31


Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Marcel Hug    Switzerland 1:24:06
  Ernst van Dyk   South Africa 1:24:06
  Kurt Fearnley   Australia 1:24:06
4 David Weir   United Kingdom 1:26:17
5 James Senbeta   United States 1:26:19
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Tatyana McFadden   United States 1:42:16
  Manuela Schär    Switzerland 1:43:30
  Wakako Tsuchida   Japan 1:43:34
4 Susannah Scaroni   United States 1:46:53
5 Amanda McGrory   United States 1:49:31


  1. ^ "Boston Marathon Course map". Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ "Statistics". Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ McGovern, Bob; Sweet, Laurel J. (April 18, 2016). "Police officials say they're confident in Boston Marathon security". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Douglas, Scott (April 18, 2016). "Atsede Baysa Wins the 2016 Boston Marathon". Runner's World. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Mather, Victor (April 18, 2016). "Surprise Surge Completes Ethiopians' Boston Marathon Sweep". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Golen, Jimmy (April 18, 2016). "Ethiopians complete 1st-ever sweep of Boston Marathon". ESPN. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Robinson, Roger (April 18, 2016). "Lemi Berhanu Hayle Wins the Boston Marathon". Runner's World. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Martin, Jill (April 18, 2016). "Ethiopian runners sweep Boston Marathon". CNN. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Boston Marathon Top Finishers". Boston Athletic Association. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2016.

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