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2019 Boston Marathon

The 2019 Boston Marathon was the 123rd running of the Boston Athletic Association's Boston Marathon. It took place on Monday, April 15, 2019 (Patriots' Day in Massachusetts).[1] Lawrence Cherono won the men's foot race in 2:07:57 and Worknesh Degefa won the women's foot race in 2:23.31. Daniel Romanchuk won the men's wheelchair race in 1:21:36, and Manuela Schär won the women's wheelchair race in 1:34:19.

2019 Boston Marathon
Worknesh Degefa.jpg Lawrence Cherono.jpg
VenueBoston, Massachusetts, United States
DatesApril 15, 2019
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Course map, Hopkinton (left) to Boston

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.[2] There was rain early in the day and, by the time the races started, the temperatures were at around 40 °F (4 °C) with gusty winds.[3]


Lead pack of men approaching the half-way point
Lead pack of women (except Worknesh who was over a minute ahead) approaching the half-way point

Elite Men's Foot RaceEdit

The men's race came down to a sprint finish down Boylston Street. Two-time winner (2013 and 2015) Lelisa Desisa held a slight edge on Lawrence Cherono, with Kenneth Kipkemoi close behind. Cherono edged closer, then on the final block, both men started to sprint, virtually shoulder to shoulder. In the final few steps as Cherono gained a small edge, Desisa gave up the chase and walked over the finish line behind Cherono.[4] It was the closest finish for the men's race since 1988.[5]

Elite Women's Foot RaceEdit

Worknesh Degefa took control of the women's race early, surging away from the field eight kilometers into the race, despite having only seen the course before on a YouTube video; she had not done a training run on the course. By the 30 km mark, she had opened up an almost three-minute lead on the chasers. Edna Kiplagat sprinted down Heartbreak Hill in an effort to catch Degefa, narrowing the gap to 42 seconds by the finish.[6]

Men's Wheelchair RaceEdit

The field of racers for the Men's Wheelchair race included the 18 most recent winners of the event, but was won by first-time champion, 20-year-old Daniel Romanchuk. He became the first American to win the event since 1993, and the youngest winner ever. Masazumi Soejima of Japan took an early lead, but Romanchuk pulled ahead at mile 16 and won in 1:21:36, an American record. Four-time champion Marcel Hug of Switzerland took third. Romanchuk has won all three of the American majors, having won the most recent marathons in both New York and Chicago as well.[7][8][5]

Women's Wheelchair RaceEdit

The wheelchair races were made difficult by the morning rain, which had made the first half of the course wet. 2017 winner Manuela Schär of Switzerland took an early lead in the race that she never surrendered, winning in 1:34:19.[9] Five-time champion Tatyana McFadden was close behind her early in the race before hitting a railroad track that cuts across the course, causing her wheelchair to flip upside-down. Despite falling back to sixth place when she overturned, she later rallied and regained position to take second.[10]



Results reported by the Boston Globe,[11] and the BAA.[12][13]

Elite Men
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Lawrence Cherono   Kenya 2:07:57
  Lelisa Desisa   Ethiopia 2:07:59
  Kenneth Kipkemoi   Kenya 2:08:07
4th Felix Kandie   Kenya 2:08:54
5th Geoffrey Kirui   Kenya 2:08:55
6th Philemon Rono   Kenya 2:08:57
7th Scott Fauble   United States 2:09:09
8th Jared Ward   United States 2:09:25
9th Festus Talam   Kenya 2:09:25
10th Benson Kipruto   Kenya 2:09:53
Elite Women
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Worknesh Degefa   Ethiopia 2:23:31
  Edna Kiplagat   Kenya 2:24:13
  Jordan Hasay   United States 2:25:20
4th Meskerem Assefa   Ethiopia 2:25:40
5th Desiree Linden   United States 2:27:00
6th Caroline Rotich   Kenya 2:28:27
7th Mary Ngugi   Kenya 2:28:33
8th Biruktayit Eshetu   Ethiopia 2:29:10
9th Lindsay Flanagan   United States 2:30:07
10th Betsy Saina   Kenya 2:30:32


Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Daniel Romanchuk   United States 1:21:36
  Masazumi Soejima   Japan 1:24:30
  Marcel Hug    Switzerland 1:24:42
Place Athlete Nationality Time
  Manuela Schär    Switzerland 1:34:19
  Tatyana McFadden   United States 1:41:35
  Madison de Rozario   Australia 1:41:36

Non-elite raceEdit

A U.S. marine running in memory of three fellow marines killed in combat was reported to have crawled to the finish after running 22 miles.[14]


  1. ^ "2019 Boston Marathon kicks off under gray skies".
  2. ^ "Boston Marathon Course map". Boston Athletic Association. Archived from the original on April 19, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Emily (April 16, 2018). "Boston Marathon runners brave brutal cold, wind and rain". ABC News. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  4. ^ Jill Martin. "Cherono and Degefa win in Boston Marathon debuts". Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Boren, Cindy (April 15, 2019). "Lawrence Cherono wins closest Boston Marathon since 1988; Worknesh Degefa dominates women's race". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
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  7. ^ Pearson, Keith (April 15, 2019). "Daniel Romanchuk, Manuela Schar capture Boston Marathon push rim wheelchair crowns". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  8. ^ Slane, Kevin (April 15, 2019). "5 things to know about Daniel Romanchuk, the 2019 Boston Marathon men's wheelchair winner". Boston. Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Tempera, Jacqueline (April 15, 2019). "Boston Marathon 2019 results: Manuela Schär, of Switzerland, wins women's wheelchair race for 2nd time". Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Bird, Hayden (April 15, 2019). "After flipping over in her wheelchair, Tatyana McFadden rallied to finish 2nd in the Boston Marathon". Retrieved April 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Boston Marathon results".
  12. ^ "Top Finishers - Boston Athletic Association -". Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Top Finishers - 2019 Boston Marathon results Leaderboard".
  14. ^ "Marine crawls to finish Boston Marathon for fallen comrades". BBC. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.

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