It was a beautiful day to run. The 121st Boston Marathon was a resounding triumph, with sunny skies and no logistical hiccups to dampen the mood. This year’s marathon was filled with uplifting victories from people of all ages and abilities, cheered on by half a million fans.
Kenyan nationals Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat won in the men and women’s categories, each taking home $150,000 for their first place times. Kirui ran the 26-mile course in 2:09:37, and Kiplagat finished with a time of 2:21:52.
In the wheelchair division, the men and women’s winners broke marathon course records. Martin Hug and Manuela Schar, both Swiss, received cash bonuses for their record-breaking 1:18:04 and 1:28:17 times, respectively.
Katherine Switzer, 70, was the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon in 1967. She ran the course for the last time this year, on the 50th anniversary of her first race. Switzer was honored in a special ceremony after she crossed the finish line, in which her bib number, 261, was retired.
And with the fastest time among visually impaired runners, Marquette University senior Ian Kloehn finished with a speedy 2 hours, 48 minutes. Kloehn was one of many visually impaired runners at the Marathon. Massachusetts nonprofit Team with a Vision had 30 athletes on their team alone. The nonprofit, run by executive director Jim Bunnell, provides sight guides who run alongside visually impaired athletes to ensure their safety on the course. Bunnell guided New Jersey native and marathon runner Jennifer Herring at this year’s marathon. Team with a Vision also has qualified runners participate in the Boston Marathon each year raising money to support the visually impaired.