Here’s How Notable Runners Did at the 2017 Boston Marathon

Did you see them in the crowd?

From your boss to your boyfriend, chances are you knew somebody braving Heartbreak Hill yesterday. But did you spot any of these notables making their way down Boylston?

Photo by Madeline Bilis

Photo by Madeline Bilis

Kathrine Switzer: 4:44:31

Fifty years ago, Switzer became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with a bib number. Yesterday, the women’s running pioneer took to the course again, finishing with style and grace.

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Photo by Madeline Bilis

Meb Keflezighi: 2:17:00

Fan favorite and 2014 champion Keflezighi ran his final Boston Marathon this year. Though he didn’t make it to the podium, Keflezighi finished a very respectable 13th, and was guided down Boylston by thunderous crowd support. He shared an emotional moment with the family of Martin Richard after finishing.

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Doug Flutie: 4:50:41

Flutie, a former Boston College football star, ran his third Boston Marathon this year. The Flutie Foundation, an autism nonprofit founded in honor of Flutie’s son, fields a team every year.

Bill Evans: 3:50:30

Police Commissioner Evans, an avid runner, crossed the finish line for the first time since 2013. Evans has run 52 marathons in all, and 19 in Boston.

Tom O’Keefe (a.k.a., Boston Tweet): 4:13:16

Everybody’s favorite source of Boston news ran the marathon again this year. He promptly chased it with a beer, as one does.

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Bobby Carpenter and Denna Laing: 4:32:30

Carpenter, an NHL Hall-of-Famer, pushed Laing, a Boston Pride player who suffered a spinal cord injury last year, in a wheelchair. The duo competed for Canton’s Journey Forward.

Andrew Frates: 5:05:39

Frates, whose brother Pete inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, joined the fray this Patriot’s Day.

Candice Huffine: 5:45:29

Huffine, a model and body positivity champion, ran her first marathon yesterday. She was a member of Hyland’s all-female team.

Amby Burfoot: 4:18:29

Burfoot is a writer-at-large for Runner’s World, a member of the Running Hall of Fame, and a former Boston Marathon champion.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com