Acknowledgements

Patriots’ Award

Since 2002, the B.A.A. and the City of Boston have presented the Patriots’ Award at a ceremony in the days leading up to the Boston Marathon. Awarded to a New England-based individual, group, or organization that is patriotic, philanthropic, and inspirational, and fosters goodwill and sportsmanship, the Patriots’ Award further unifies the Boston Marathon with Patriots’ Day, the holiday on which the race has been held since 1897.

Recipients of the Award

2002 // Robert and Myra Kraft and the New England Patriots
2003 // Red Auerbach and the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation
2004 // Ron Burton and the Ron Burton Training Village
2005 // Boston Red Sox Foundation
2006 // Rick and Dick Hoyt
2007 // Joan Benoit Samuelson
2008 // Mike Andrews and the Jimmy Fund
2009 // Eddie Doyle and Tommy Leonard, longtime Boston bartenders and philanthropists
2010 // Tedy Bruschi, lifetime New England Patriot and three-time Super Bowl champion
2011 // Carol Fulp, Senior Vice President of Brand Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for John Hancock Financial Services
2012 // Tim Wakefield, long-time Boston Red Sox pitcher and active community philanthropist
2013 // Lt. Colonel Rodney Freeman, founder of the Boston Marathon Shadow Run
2014 // One Fund Boston, Inc.
2015 // Thomas M. Menino Fund for Boston
2016 // Adrianne Haslet
2017 // 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi

First to Sponsor Wheelchair Division

The Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division competition when it officially recognized Bob Hall in 1975. Since that time, the Boston Marathon has hosted over 1,500 competitors in the wheelchair division. This year, they’ll compete for a $84,500 prize purse, with $20,000 going to the first-place finishers.

AT&T Athlete Alert Program

Official runners of the 2018 Boston Marathon can register to send friends and family automatic updates on their progress along the course, using the AT&T Athlete Alert Program. Messages will be automatically delivered to any device capable of receiving short messages, such as a digital cellular phone, pager, hand-held device, or e-mail address. Alerts will be broadcast from the 10-kilometer, half-marathon, 30-kilometer, 35-kilomter, and 40-kilometer marks, as well as the finish, when the runner passes those locations. The B.A.A. first used the electronic timing and scoring device in 1995 on a trial basis with the push rim wheelchair division. All participants in the historic 100th Boston Marathon in 1996 were scored using the ChampionChip.

Club 122 and the B.A.A. Relay Challenge

2018 marks the 22nd year of the Boston Athletic Association and adidas’s youth running program, designed to introduce kids to the benefits of the sport of running. “Club 122” is derived from the current year’s Marathon and begins four weeks before the program’s culmination: the B.A.A. Relay Challenge. Coaches train participants each week in one-hour sessions, providing instruction that includes concepts such as teamwork, motivation, and goal-setting. Last year, nearly 800 children from 17 Boston and neighboring-community youth clubs experienced the exhilaration and triumph of crossing the historic Boston Marathon finish line. The Relay Challenge consists of a series of age-group and team-oriented relay races. Club 122 and the B.A.A. Relay Challenge are part of the year-round Training Basics youth program, an initiative created from the partnership between the B.A.A. and adidas. Over 21,600 Boston-area youths have participated in the B.A.A. Relay Challenge since its inception in 1997.

2018 B.A.A. Distance Medley

The 2018 B.A.A. Distance Medley kicks off during Marathon Weekend with the tenth annual B.A.A. 5K on Saturday, April 14. The three-race series also includes the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, on October 7.

More Age-Group Awards

Top athletes in age-group divisions will receive awards. The age groups are: 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, 70–74, 75–79, and 80 and older.

Most Boston Marathons: John A. Kelley

One of the most colorful characters in the history of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, John A. Kelley (no relation to John J. Kelley), was a fixture of the race for nearly seven decades. A starter on race day 61 times, Kelley completed 58 Boston Marathons. Kelley was not only a two-time winner of Boston (1935 and 1945), but he also finished second a record seven times and recorded 18 finishes in the top 10. Kelley first tried the race in 1928, but it was not until 1933, in his third attempt, that he completed the course, placing 37th in 3:03:56. He completed his last marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84. In 1993, the statue “Young at Heart” was dedicated in honor of Kelley. Located at the base of Heartbreak Hill in Newton, a landmark named in reference to one of Kelley’s seven runner-up performances, the statue depicts a young Kelley winning in 1935 at age 27 and clasping hands with an older Kelley finishing in 1991 at age 83. The sculpture stands in tribute to his longevity and spirit. Kelley served as the Boston Marathon’s grand marshal from 1995 to 2004 (missing only 1999 due to illness), preceding the race in a pace car. On October 6, 2004, John A. Kelley passed away, leaving behind an endless trail of contributions to the sport of running that will continue to inspire generations of athletes for years to come. Maryland’s Bennett Beach has the longest currently active streak at 50 consecutive Boston Marathons completed. He will go for No. 51 at this year’s race.

Four Olympic Champions Have Won Boston

Three-time women’s champion Fatuma Roba (ETH) became the fourth person to win the Olympic Games Marathon and the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, when she posted a time of 2:26:23 to win the 1997 Boston Marathon. Roba, who won the 1996 Olympic Marathon, joined fellow women’s champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won Boston in 1979 and 1983 before adding the 1984 Olympic Games title; and Rosa Mota (POR), who won a trio of Boston crowns (1987, 1988, and 1990), while adding the 1988 Olympic title. Gelindo Bordin (ITA) is the only man to have won the Olympic (1988) and Boston (1990) titles.

Only B.A.A. Running Club Champion

2017 marked the 60th anniversary of John J. Kelley becoming the only B.A.A. Club member to win the Boston Marathon, as he established a then-course record of 2:20:05 to capture the 1957 race. Kelley finished second on five other occasions (1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1963). In total, a runner from the B.A.A. has finished in the runner-up spot 10 times; the others were Ted Vogel (1948), John Patrick Lafferty (1951), Pat McMahon (1971), and Patti Lyons Catalano (1979 and 1980). Catalano represented Athletics West when she posted her third consecutive runner-up finish in 1981. John J. Kelley passed away at the age of 80 on August 21, 2011.

Four Olympic Champions Have Won Boston

Three-time women’s champion Fatuma Roba (ETH) became the fourth person to win the Olympic Games Marathon and the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, when she posted a time of 2:26:23 to win the 1997 Boston Marathon. Roba, who won the 1996 Olympic Marathon, joined fellow women’s champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won Boston in 1979 and 1983 before adding the 1984 Olympic Games title; and Rosa Mota (POR), who won a trio of Boston crowns (1987, 1988, and 1990), while adding the 1988 Olympic title. Gelindo Bordin (ITA) is the only man to have won the Olympic (1988) and Boston (1990) titles.

Only B.A.A. Running Club Champion

2018 marks the 61st anniversary of John J. Kelley becoming the only B.A.A. Club member to win the Boston Marathon, as he established a then-course record of 2:20:05 to capture the 1957 race. Kelley finished second on five other occasions (1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1963). In total, a runner from the B.A.A. has finished in the runner-up spot 10 times; the others were Ted Vogel (1948), John Patrick Lafferty (1951), Pat McMahon (1971), and Patti Lyons Catalano (1979 and 1980). Catalano represented Athletics West when she posted her third consecutive runner-up finish in 1981. John J. Kelley passed away at the age of 80 on August 21, 2011.

25+ Consecutive Boston Marathons Completed

A total of 82 official participants have completed 25 or more consecutive Boston Marathons.

10-year Anniversary (2008)

Open: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN); Dire Tune (ETH)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Ernst van Dyk (RSA); Wakako Tsuchida (JPN)

20-year Anniversary (1998)

Open: Moses Tanui (KEN); Fatuma Roba (ETH)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Franz Nietlispach (SUI); Louise Sauvage (AUS)

25-year Anniversary (1993)

Open: Cosmas Ndeti (KEN); Olga Markova (CIS)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Jim Knaub (CA); Jean Driscoll (IL)

30-year Anniversary (1988)

Open: Ibrahim Hussein (KEN); Rosa Mota (POR)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Mustapha Badid (FRA); Candace Cable-Brookes (CA)

35-year Anniversary (1983)

Open: Greg Meyer (MA); Joan Benoit (MA)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: Jim Knaub (CA); Sherry Ramsey (CO)

40-year Anniversary (1978)

Open: Bill Rodgers (MA); Gayle S. Barron (GA)
Push Rim Wheelchair Division: George Murray (FL); Susan Shapiro (CA)

50-year Anniversary (1968)

Open: Amby Burfoot (CT); Roberta (Bobbi) Gibb (CA)

75-year Anniversary (1943)

Open: Gerard Cote (CAN)

100-year Anniversary (1918)

Military Relay: Camp Devens Divisional Team (MA)