The fastest Boston marathon ever has now been run by Geoffrey Mutai, who crossed the finish line while you were lazily sitting in front of a computer in your pajamas, or perhaps passively taking part in a PowerPoint presentation, or possibly commuting. Mutai finished his 26 miles and 385 yards in 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds, beating Kenyan colleague Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot’s previous fastest Boston time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 52 seconds, and the previous fastest marathon time ever of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 59 seconds, run by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie at Berlin in 2008.
A bunch of people who are better runners than we are will now debate whether Mutai’s time counts as an actual world record, because “Boston is a downhill course,” and there was apparently a strong tailwind.
Anyway you look at it, though, the guy was pretty fucking fast.
Caroline Kilel, also a Kenyan, won the women’s race in 2:22:36, beating American Desiree Davila by two seconds. According to the New York Times,
Kilel and Mutai each earn $150,00 for the win, and Mutai gets $50,000 for the world best and another $25,000 for the course record.
Boston Marathon 2011 Results: Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai Wins In Record Time [SBNation]
Kenya’s Mutai Wins Boston in 2:03:02 [NYT]
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 18, 2011