Boston Marathon 2016 Live Blog
As runners continue to make their way “right on Hereford, left on Boylston” and across the finish line, catch up on a bunch of fun moments from today’s race below.
Congratulations to all the runners! Your guide to recovery, this way…
“Space blankets for days” is right.
Appropriate end-of-the-day encouragement.
— Janelle (@JanelleRBlu) April 18, 2016
The tossed-aside snacks are piling up. At least there’s been some effort to keep the sidewalks tidy.
Not even a garbage can! It’s for a tree! pic.twitter.com/U5nTa1rQKi
— Adam Vaccaro (@adamtvaccaro) April 18, 2016
In case you missed it…THIS GUY.
This year, runners approaching the last stretch of the race will be welcomed by a Boston Strong sign painted on the Bowker Overpass.
It wouldn’t be much of a Marathon Monday without Team Hoyt. Bryan Lyons took over for Dick Hoyt pushing Rick Hoyt, who has cerebral palsy, after the father-son duo ran their last Boston Marathon together in 2014.
Unlike the MBTA, the BAA permits virtual reality headsets along the race route. How long until we get a Boston Marathon simulator?
Masterful use of the poop emoji, rivaled only by the visual of Donald Trump chasing runners down Beacon Street like a stubby-fingered Father Krampus. Good work, all.
Between the clarinet in Brookline and these, it’s a banner year for bargains along the Marathon route.
Lot of sweet rolls here if anybody wants some a block from finish line pic.twitter.com/T5y4g6lpCr
— Gintautas Dumcius (@gintautasd) April 18, 2016
Instagram dog celebrity (we live in strange times) Harvey Dangerfield at last met Boston’s most famous, fur-covered resident, Keytar Bear. He even wore a bow tie for the occasion.
A photo posted by Sir Harvard Dangerfield (@harvarddangerfield) on
No love for Kim K. at mile 18, no sir.
Found this post of some hilarious marathon sign holders at mile 18! Hope these ladies won’t mind me reposting. Love their enthusiasm and humor for the runners! #bostonmarathon2016 #bostonmarathon #instafit #instafitness #fitfam #fitspo #monday #igfit #igdaily #igfitness #funny #marathon #marathonmonday2016 #boston #humor #instafunny #picoftheday #runners
A photo posted by Jules Fern (@fitjulesfern) on
Foil-clad marathoners and musicians converged on the Public Garden after today’s race. One spectator was especially feeling the music.
Entrepreneur of the year: this guy casually holding a marathon route yard saw in Brookline. Anyone need a clarinet? pic.twitter.com/0ZpHZpjni2
— Katie Lannan (@katielannan) April 18, 2016
The coveted title of Sign of the Day goes to this young woman and her glorious gobbledygook. Is it the Marathon route? An abstract take on the Pioneer plaque? Illuminati? Doesn’t matter. It’s a masterpiece.
— RunWESTIN Concierge (@RunWestin) April 18, 2016
WBZ will remain the television home of the Boston Marathon for a few more years to come. The station announced a new deal with the Boston Athletic Association, extending their broadcast rights into 2022.
— David Wade (@davidwade) April 18, 2016
Matt and Jenny Rosenthal, of Newton, pass out orange slices to runners at Heartbreak Hill. The couple says they hand out healthy snacks and drinks to exhausted marathoners every year.
“I’m rooting for everyone,” says spectator Colleen Smith.
In a post on his official Facebook page, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Haslet-Davis his “inspiration.”
Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who’s participating in this year’s race with a prosthetic running blade, tweeted that she’s experiencing a “leg issue.”
Leg issue, on phone w pit crew, I feel great this is amazing but a long way to go till I reach them. Thanks for encouragement — AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) April 18, 2016
Granted, the bar hasn’t been set all that high.
“Relax, you’re running better than the GOP” spotted at #heartbreakhill #BostonMarathon #WhyICheer A photo posted by MetroWest Daily News (@metrowestdaily) on
Good sign pic.twitter.com/uoULv7iqTy
— Sarah Kirkpatrick (@Kirkpatrick_SJ) April 18, 2016
Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins the men’s elite division. A first-time Boston Marathon winner, Hayle out-maneuvered defending champion Lelisa Desisa in the last mile for an unofficial time of 2:12:44.
A Bible verse has been written in chalk at Heartbreak Hill to inspire runners as they pass through. From 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Baysa wins with an unofficial time of 2:29:19. She’s the first Ethiopia woman to win the Boston Marathon since 2010.
Meanwhile, the elite men are blazing through Coolidge Corner.
Elite men's lead sprinting past pic.twitter.com/jV8s2DUjMr
— Brookline PD (@BrooklineMAPD) April 18, 2016
Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia leads the elite women’s division through Audubon Circle and heading into the final stretch.
Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who will play Bauman in the upcoming film Stronger, threw out the first pitches at Fenway Park. Gyllenhaal’s breaking ball could use some work.
Boston Police Commissioner Bill Evans was all smiles as he was spotted walking between Boylston and Hereford Streets. Evans, a passionate runner himself, decided against running in this year’s race following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, devoting the whole of his attention to security in Boston.
Meet Loki of Boston Police. Loki is four years old and, by the looks of it, is enjoying the Marathon a little too much.
Nothing to see here. Just a couple of Canadians and an old man’s head. Move along.
Scout O’Beirne, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Emma Kowal, of Toronto, made this sign for their friend, Sarah. Not too shabby.
McFadden, a member of Team MR8, poses with the Richard family at the finish line after receiving her medal. Team MR8 raises money for The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.
Some folks aren’t so jazzed about Mark Wahlberg’s presence at this year’s Marathon.
— Allan Jung (@ajungMWphoto) April 18, 2016
American Tatyana McFadden wins the women’s wheelchair division for the fourth year in a row—and it wasn’t even close. McFadden, who was born in Russia, finishes with an unofficial time of 1:42:15.
— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) April 18, 2016
Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, “the Silver Bullet,” wins the men’s wheelchair division in a close finish. Hug won last year’s race as well.
The men’s wheelchair division is passing through Heartbreak Hill.
The family of the late Martin Richard has taken their seats at the finish line. Richard, 8, was the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Last year, Tatyana McFadden, winner of the women’s wheelchair division for the third consecutive year, gave her golden victory wreath to Bill Richard, Martin’s father, at the finish line as “a symbol of hope.”
Defending champion Caroline Rotich has reportedly dropped out of the race around the five-mile mark. Neely Spence Gracey, of Superior, Colorado is currently leading the pack. The 26 year old is running her first Boston Marathon.
The elite men are off! Last year, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, who returned his 2013 medal to the City of Boston in the wake of the bombing, took first place, finishing in 2:09:17.
— Jamie Ducharme (@Jamie_Ducharme) April 18, 2016
10:02 a.m. NORM!
— Michelle Williams (@MichelleTweetin) April 18, 2016
9:55 a.m. Fans are filing into Fenway Park for today’s Patriots Day matinee. The Red Sox will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 11:05. Clay Buchholz is expected to take the mound for Boston, opposite J.A. Happ for Toronto.
One of the best parts of the Boston Marathon, without fail, is the signage. Here, Abigail Ross of Allentown, Pennsylvania, channeled some Chandler Bing for her dad, who’s running today.
The elite women have departed from Hopkinton. Last year’s race saw a showdown on Boylston Street between Kenya’s Caroline Rotich and Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba. Rotich pushed ahead in the final moments to win, with a time of 2:24:55. Can Rotich repeat?
Moments before elite women take off, big round of applause at #BostonMarathon finish line for all the police officers on duty today.
— Olga Khvan (@olgakhvan) April 18, 2016
Awaiting them at the finish line is a special logo commemorating 50 years of women running the Boston Marathon, starting with trail blazing Bobbi Gibb, the grand marshal of this year’s race.
The clocks are up!
And the runners? They’re on their way.
And they're off! The 120th #BostonMarathon has begun!
— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) April 18, 2016
Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo and his wife Melida were spotted greeting fans and members of the press from their front-row seat at the finish line. Of course, they wouldn’t be caught without a big ol’ Boston Strong banner.
Well, that didn’t take long. We’ve already got our first Mark Wahlberg sighting.
The movie star and burger mogul was seen dressed as a Boston cop, filming his upcoming film Patriots Day near the finish line.
Welcome to our 2016 Boston Marathon live blog! Check back regularly for updates from the 120th race from Hopkinton to Boylston. To start, here are a few resources to help you through the morning rush:
You can look forward to much more sunshine than we had for last year’s soggy race. It’ll hover in the high-50s for most of the day, with highs between 65 and 72 degrees, and not a drop of precipitation expected.
— MEMA (@MassEMA) April 18, 2016
Public Transportation and Street Closures
Copley Station will closed all day Monday, while three Green Line stops will be closed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: South Street, Kent Street, and St. Mary’s Street. The Red, Orange, and Blue Lines, as well as the Green Line’s B, C, and D branches, will run regular weekday service. All commuter rail lines will operate a regular weekday schedule too, but all bikes (even folding ones) are prohibited onboard today. Streets near the Boston Common, along with Boylston, Hereford, and Arlington Streets, closed early this morning. At 8 a.m., all streets east of Mass. Ave., as well as streets west of Mass. Ave. in the Kenmore Square/Aubudon Circle area, will close. Streets in Brighton near the route will close at 8:30 a.m. Check here for a complete list of closures.
Watch Online and on TV
Live stream at baa.org, locally on WBZ-TV or boston.cbslocal.com, and nationally on NBC Sports.
Mobility Impaired: 8:50 a.m. Men Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:17 a.m. Women Push-Rim Wheelchair: 9:19 a.m. Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. Elite Men and Wave One: 10: a.m. Wave Two: 10:25 a.m. Wave Three: 10:50 a.m. Wave Four: 11:15 a.m.
And you’ll definitely want to consult our own Boston Marathon guide, which has pro tips for runners and spectators throughout the course—everything from what to bring, where to find a bathroom, Solo cup drink recipes, and notable landmarks along the marathon route.
Reporting from Madeline Bilis, Kyle Clauss, Jamie Ducharme, Sarah Fisher, Cassidy Hopkins, Greta Jochem, Ashley Kane, Olga Khvan, Chris Sweeney, Lisa Weidenfeld, and Yiqing Shao.