You know that saying "It’s not a race, it's a marathon"? Well, every marathon still has a winner. At this year's Boston Marathon, that honor went to 38-year-old Meb Keflezighi, the first U.S. man to win the marathon since 1983.
Keflezighi, a three-time Olympian, won the men's division with an official time of 2:08:37 — a time that's pretty fantastic in its own right, but especially because it is only five minutes shy of the the best time ever. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya holds the record for fastest marathon for his race in 2011, with a time of 2:03:02.
In first place for women was 33-year-old Rita Jeptoo, of Kenya, who nabbed the title for the second year in row, and the third time overall. Her unofficial time of 2:18:57 broke a record for the women's course, as exactly 1 minute and 46 seconds faster than the previous record, which was set in 2002 by Margaret Okayo of Kenya.
Both Jeptoo and Keflezighi were part of elite groups of runners who began the 26.2-mile run well ahead of the rest of the 35,000 runners.