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.
This week, we've been inspired by everyone who came together following the Boston Marathon tragedy, amused by a Pixar/AMC mash-up, and giggling uncontrollably at things that sounds like "bad words" on TV.
Bruins/Sabres National Anthem
The recent Boston bombings have been on everyone’s minds this week, with an overwhelming amount of support for Boston throughout the country. The hashtag #BostonStrong has been trending on Twitter, alongside tweets of support and well wishes, including the Boston Red Sox. At a Yankees v. Diamondbacks game earlier this week, the team paid tribute to their longtime rivals, Boston Red Sox, by playing “Sweet Caroline” — the song that’s become a staple of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The first Boston home game (Boston Bruins played Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden) gave us what could arguably be one of the best National Anthem performances ever. Rene Rancourt, who was intended to sing the song, got through only a few lines before the entire crowd joined in. They sang the rest together.