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Boston Marathon 2012: Wesley Korrir, Sharon Cherop Win Marathon

Marathon Monday has arrived. The 116th edition of the oldest annual marathon in the world, the Boston Marathon, took place on Monday. Wesley Korrir (2:12:40) was the elite men's winner while Sharon Cherop was the elite women's winner.

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Boston Marathon Results 2012: Top American Finishers Include Jason Hartmann, 4th, Mayumi Fujita, 7th

On a very hot day for racing in the 2012 Boston Marathon, the times were not record-breaking in the 116th version of the event. Kenyans swept the top three places of the Men's and Women's events.

The top American finisher was Jason Hartmann (Boulder, Colo.) in fourth place with a time of 2:14:31. Wesley Korir's time of 2:12:40 was good enough for the victory on Monday.

On the Women's side, the top American finisher was Japanese-born Mayumi Fujita (2:39:11), who came in seventh. Sheri L. Piers (Maine) came in 10th with a time of 2:41:55. Kenya's Sharon Cherop had the best time with 2:31:50.

No American has won the Boston Marathon since Lisa Larsen Weidenbach won the Women's event in 1985. The last American man to win the race was Greg Meyer in 1983. Racers from Kenya and Ethiopia have dominated the Boston Marathon in recent times, having won the men's event 23 of the last 25 Marathons and 14 of the last 16 Women's Marathons.

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2012 Boston Marathon Highlights: Wesley Korir, Sharon Cherop Prevail

A heat wave couldn't keep the 2012 Boston Marathon from providing excitement.

The women's division once again came down to the final stretch, when Sharon Cherop out-sprinted fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong. Cherop and Sumgong were neck and neck with 600 meters remaining, but Cherop put in her finishing kick at that point to give herself a little cushion. It was good she provided herself cushion, because Sumgong had one last rush left in her and pulled within two seconds of the lead by the time the two crossed the finish line.

Battling through temperatures that reached the 80s, Cherop's winning time (2 hours, 31 minutes, 50seconds) was Boston's slowest since 1985.

In the men's division, Wesley Korir prevailed with a time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 41 seconds. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Mutai, withdrew from the event during the 18th mile due to cramps.

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2012 Boston Marathon Results: Welsey Korir's Winning Time Second-Slowest Since 1985

Faced with running 26.2 miles in temperatures that reached the 80s, Wesley Korir's winning time at the 2012 Boston Marathon was the second-slowest to capture the event since 1985.

One year after Geoffrey Mutai set a course record, Korir battled through the heat to finish the course at an unofficial time of 2:12:40. Mutai led after 18 miles but was forced to withdraw at that point with cramps brought on by the heat, opening the door for Korir to become the 19th Kenyan winner in the past 22 years at the Boston Marathon.

The harsh temperatures caused more than 4,000 runners to withdraw prior to the race's start. Many others, including Mutai, withdrew during the event.

Sharon Cherop of Kenya won the women's division with an unofficial time of 2:31:50. Her winning time was the slowest in Boston since 1985.

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Boston Marathon Results 2012: Sharon Cherop Wins Women's Division With Unofficial Time Of 2:31:50

Sharon Cherop of Kenya battled fierce heat to win the women's division at the 2012 Boston Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:31:50.

Temperatures rose as high as 78 degrees, contributing to Cherop's relatively slow winning time, which was the slowest at the Boston Marathon since 1985.

Approximately 4,300 runners withdrew from the race prior to its start because of temperatures expected to reach the mid-80s, and others -- including defending men's champion Geoffrey Mutai -- withdrew during the middle of the event. Race officials even offered a deferment into next year's race for those who felt the heat was too much.

Fellow Kenyan Wesley Korir took the men's division with an unofficial time of 2:12:40, the second-slowest winning time in Boston since 1985. Mutai withdrew after 18 miles with cramps as temperatures exceeded 80 degrees.

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Boston Marathon 2012 Results: Wesley Korir Wins Men's Division With Unofficial Time Of 2:12:40

More: Updated results are here.

An unusually hot Boston Marathon caused thousands to withdraw, including Geoffrey Mutai, last year's winner. But one runner persevered through the heat better than anyone else.

Wesley Korir of Kenya battled through temperatures in the mid-80s to win the men's division with an unofficial time of 2:12:40.

Mutai won the 2011 Boston Marathon in record time and was leading after 18 miles this year, but he was forced to pull out of the event with cramps. Due to the heat, race officials offered runners a deferment into next year's race if they wanted to withdraw this year. The result was that only 22,426 of the almost 27,000 people who registered actually began the race, and Mutai was one of many forced by the heat to withdraw after the race began.

Sharon Cherop of Kenya won the women's division with an unofficial time of 2:31:50. Her winning time was the slowest at the Boston Marathon since 1985.

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2012 Boston Marathon Update: Geoffrey Mutai Pulls Out Of Race

In the 116th Annual running of the Boston Marathon, a huge happening has taken hold.

Geoffrey Mutai, the world's number-one marathoner has pulled out of the race due to cramps, according to Ryan Hudson via twitter.

The 30-year-old was in the lead before having to withdraw.

The Kenya native is the defending Boston Marathon champion after winning it in 2011 with a time of 2:03:02, a course record.

He also won the New York City Marathon later in the same year in 2:05:05, another record for the event.

Mutai was a favorite coming into the race, so this is certainly a stunning and event-altering injury. It's more than fair to wonder how the unusual heat for this time of year is effecting Mutai and the cramps he's experiencing.

It's too bad his journey had to come to an end like this, but thus is the life of a marathon runner.

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Boston Marathon Results 2012: Joshua Cassidy and Shirley Reilly Are The Wheelchair Division Winners

In the 116th Annual Boston Marathon, we have an official record.

In the Men's Wheelchair Division, Joshua Cassidy has finished as the winner with a time of 1:18:25. The Canadian set the record on a day that is expected to reach record temperatures in Boston, 86 degrees being the predicted high for the afternoon.

Cassidy bested the previous record by two seconds. Kurt Fearnley of Austria also put forth a herculean effort coming in second, with a time of 1:21:39.

On the women's side of the ledger, Shirley Reilly was the best of the bunch. In a furious race to the finish line, Reilly barely beat Wakako Tsuchida of Japan by one hundredth of a second.

Reilly won in front of her home country with the time of 1:37:36. Diane Roy rounded out the top three with a time of 1:42:37.

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Boston Marathon 2012: Live Coverage, Stream Online, TV Schedule And More

With the dawn of Patriot's Day, the beautiful and venerable city of Boston, MA awaits the beginning of the 116th Annual Boston Marathon.

The weather is going to be absolutely beautiful with a high of 86 degrees expected to make its presence felt on Beantown, which would be a record for April 16th.

If you can go out and enjoy the race, it's a perfect afternoon to do it provided you have ample sunscreen. If you can't, well then sit back and maybe catch the Red Sox game while you enjoy the marathon from your home.

Here are the start times for the race:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue

As for the TV coverage, you can watch it on the Universal Sports Network starting at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Universal is also set up to give an online stream as well.

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Boston Marathon 2012: Weather Forecast, Road Closures And More

Patriot's Day is finally here and with it, the Boston Marathon.

The world's oldest marathon will be run for the 116th time and it couldn't have better weather had it been hand-picked. Whether you're a runner or spectator it will be a beautiful and summer-like morning.

The high is expected to reach 86 degrees with a nice breeze of 10-20 MPH winds coming from a SSW direction. There will be some cloud cover until around noon, when the temperature is expected to spike.

The previous record for Boston on April 16th is 84 degrees set back in 2003.

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As for all the road closures, Boston.com has it covered.

Start times for different divisions are as follows:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue

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Boston Marathon 2012: Route Information, Course Map And More

The 116th annual Boston Marathon is set to get underway on Monday, April 16. The 26.2 mile trek begins on Main Street in Hopkinton and finishes near John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. From the official site of the Boston Marathon, here's a breakdown of the entire course:

The historic course starts on Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and follows Route 135 through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley to where Route 16 joins Route 135. It continues on Route 16 through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue, turning right at the fire station onto Commonwealth which is Route 30. It continues on Commonwealth through the Newton Hills, bearing right at the reservoir onto Chestnut Hill Avenue to Cleveland Circle. The route then turns left onto Beacon Street continuing to Kenmore Square, and then follows Commonwealth Avenue inbound. The course turns right onto Hereford Street (NOTE: against normal traffic flow) then left onto Boylston Street, finishing near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

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Boston Marathon 2012: Weather Forecast For Monday

The 116th Annual Boston Marathon begins on Monday, April 16, and the weather forecast looks perfect for running, jogging, walking, or any other way people churn through the 26.2 race.

Monday's high is a warm 89 degrees with a whole lot of sun. The low for the day is 59. 10 to 15 mile per hour winds are expected from the southwest, with potential gusts up to 30 miles per hour in the afternoon. The overnight forecast has similar temperatures, but partly cloudy.

Start times for different divisions follow:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue

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Boston Marathon 2012: Weather Forecast

If you plan to go to the 2012 Boston Marathon, bring your sunscreen.

According to Weather.com, Marathon Monday (April 16) is supposed to reach 87 degrees with a partly cloudy morning giving way to a sunny afternoon. The low temperature is 59 degrees, and there's a 10 percent chance of rain.

This year's marathon is the 116th edition of the nation's longest-tenured annual marathon. Approximately 27,000 competitors are expected to compete in the 26.2-mile race. One of the favorites is Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai, who ran the fastest marathon ever recorded during last year's race. The time was not counted as a world record because the Boston Marathon course does not meet specifications.

Start times for different divisions follow:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue

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Boston Marathon 2012: Events, Time And Schedule For The Weekend

The 116th annual Boston Marathon will kick off on Monday, April 16, with approximately 27,000 people scheduled to participate. The turnout is expected to be better than 2011, but much less than 1996, when nearly 39,000 people participated – a marathon record.

For men between the ages of 18-34, a three hour, five minute pace is required to qualify. For women the same age, the qualifying time is three hours and 35 minutes. The course runs 26.22 miles. Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai ran the fastest marathon of all time last year, clocking in at two hours, three minutes and two seconds.

Start times for different divisions follow:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue

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Boston Marathon 2012 Preview, Start Times And More

The 116th edition of the Boston Marathon takes place Monday, April 16.

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