2019 Boston Marathon® Race Day Report

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2019 Boston Marathon® Race Day Report

on 16 April 2019.

With the 2019 Boston Marathon® now complete, please find below a number of race statistics and notes, including information on tomorrow morning’s press conference. We congratulate our champions and all participants on earning their Boston Marathon unicorn medals.


Thank you for your continued coverage of the 123rd Boston Marathon.


2019 Boston Marathon Starters and Finishers

       27,353 runners, 60 wheelchair athletes, and 46 handcycle athletes crossed the starting line in Hopkinton.

       26,632 runners, 60 wheelchair athletes, and 45 handcycle athletes crossed the finish line on Boylston Street.

       Detailed results, including searchable functions and race statistics can be found at:


       Full race recaps for the Men’s, Women’s, and Wheelchair Division can be found at www.baa.org and will be updated throughout the evening.

2019 Boston Marathon Facts & Notes Men’s Open Division

       Lawrence Cherono (KEN) outlasted Lelisa Desisa (ETH) in a sprint down Boylston Street, winning by two seconds – 2:07:57 to 2:07:59. This was the closest finish in the Men’s Open Division since 2011.

       Only ten seconds separated the top three finishers, making this the tightest spread from first to third since 2013, when the spread was six seconds.

       Lelisa Desisa (ETH) placed second, earning his fourth top three finish at the Boston Marathon. He is a two-time champion (2013 and 2015) and a two-time runner-up (2016 and 2019).

       This was Lawrence Cherono’s Boston Marathon debut.

Women’s Open Division

       Worknesh Degefa (ETH) became the first Ethiopian to win the Women’s Open Division since 2016, when Atsede Baysa (ETH) and Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH) finished first and second, respectively.

       Edna Kiplagat (KEN) placed second today, earning a top-two finish once again after winning the 2017 Boston Marathon with a time of 2:21:52.

       Jordan Hasay (USA/OR) finished in third place, making her the top American female finisher. She also placed third and top American in 2017, and has earned the Olympic Standard in the Marathon.

Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Division

       Daniel Romanchuk (USA/IL), 20, became the youngest-ever male to win the Wheelchair Division at the Boston Marathon. He also became the first American male to win the Wheelchair Division since 1993, when Jim Knaub (CA) finished in 1:22:17.

       Manuela Schär (SUI) has now won the past five consecutive and most recent Abbott World Marathon Majors events (Berlin, Chicago, New York City, Tokyo and Boston). She will compete in London on April 28, where she will attempt to complete the “grand slam.”

       Daniel Romanchuk (USA/IL) and Manuela Schär (SUI) each won Abbott World Marathon Majors bonus points by passing the half marathon mark in first place.

       A full Wheelchair race recap can be found at www.baa.org.

2019 Boston Marathon Medical Stats (as of 5:00 p.m. ET)*

       2,095 medical interactions across all medical locations.

       452 participants were treated in Medical Tent A.

       488 participants were treated in Medical Tent B.

       11 elite athletes were treated.

       77 participants were transported to area hospitals.

*  Updated statistics will be available at tomorrow morning’s press conference.

Media Availability: Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. ET


Boston Marathon Wrap-up Media Conference* Fairmont Copley Plaza, Venetian Room

2019 Boston Marathon champions Lawrence Cherono (KEN), Worknesh Degefa (ETH), Daniel Romanchuk (USA), and Manuela Schär (SUI) will be available to the media for photos and interviews.

B.A.A. CEO Tom Grilk, Boston Marathon Race Director Dave McGillivray, and Medical Coordinator Chris Troyanos will also be available.


*  Media must be credentialed by the B.A.A. for this event.



Notable Finishers

       Marko Cheseto (USA/FL) ran the fastest-ever marathon by a double amputee (2:42:24).

       Joan Samuelson (USA/ME) celebrated the 40th anniversary of her 1979 victory (2:35:15) by running today’s Boston Marathon in 3:04:00. This is under her goal time of 3:15:15 – 40 minutes more than her 1979 winning mark.

       NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson (USA/NC) finished in 3:09:07.

       Three-time Super Bowl champion Tedy Bruschi (USA/MA) finished in 4:35:35.

       General James C. McConville (USA/DC), Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, finished in 5:04:29. He also served as the Official Starter of Wave Three this morning.

       Bennett Beach (USA/MD) finished his 52nd consecutive Boston Marathon today in 6:05:35. He holds the longest active streak of Boston Marathon completions.




Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year- round running programs, including high performance athletes and running club. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2019. The 123rd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.


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