Dale and Michael talk about what Marathon Monday means for them, the tremendous amount of people and positivity today in the Back Bay, and then Kirk Minihane, fresh off 26.2 miles stops by to recap a great experience in today's marathon.
Dale and Michael talk about what Marathon Monday means for them, the tremendous amount of people and positivity today in the Back Bay, and then Kirk Minihane, fresh off 26.2 miles stops by to recap a great experience in today's marathon.

Meb Keflezighi held off a charge from Wilson Chebet to become the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 in Monday’s 118th running of the historic race.

Meb Keflezighi held off a charge from Wilson Chebet to become the first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1983 in Monday’s 118th running of the historic race.

Chebet closed to within a few seconds of Kefleghzi with about a mile remaining, but Keflezighi put on a late spurt as he made the turn onto Hereford Street and then the quick final turn onto Boylston Street. He finished in a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. Chebet was 11 seconds behind.

Keflezighi, 38, was born in Eritrea and moved to San Diego at the age of 12. He became a U.S. citizen in 1998. The UCLA product won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic marathon and finished fourth in the 2012 Olympic race. He also represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics, finishing 12th in the 10,000 meters.

On the women’s side, defending champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya broke away from a pack of five runners at the 23-mile mark and won with a course-record time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Buzunesh Deba was second, just over a minute behind.

Marblehead’s Shalane Flanagan led for the first half of the race but fell of the pace on the Newton hills and ended up finishing fifth.

Heavy security was evident throughout the race, run a year after two bombs exploded at the finish line.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

WEEI was all over the place on Marathon Monday, from the starting line to the finish line to Fenway Park. To see all our photos from the day, click here.

Some of the signs near the finish line. (WEEI)

Some of the signs near the finish line. (WEEI)

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WEEI
Reavis previews the running of the 118th Boston Marathon with Dino and Gerry.

[0:01:13] ... that race. There's Denver same feeling. In the here in Munich Copley Plaza Hotel when you're talking to the Japanese this very special love them for all the reasons. It is special to the people of Boston Massachusetts doing that and it emerged -- Tony at 6 o'clock at grew up half a dozen adjectives. And trying to predict what ...
[0:02:18] ... not addicted to pain and sometimes comes with a test of the marathon distance. But running itself gives you this overwhelming feeling of a well being. And up feeling confident and strong amid talk about Boston's ...
[0:05:08] ... Bit -- -- doubt you'll start Hopkinton ditch the siren all the Boston Marathon I don't know the first half of the race. -- -- Roland when he got to hold back a little bit to maintain a patient the crowd the girl's Wellesley. Conduct problems greens. Also yours yours first Breeders' -- you'll hear it sure looked good but the bottom line is recognition -- -- department Coolidge corner could -- -- square. So you have to be very careful not let all the motion above normal Boston Marathon. Couldn't beat added survived this sort very emotionally you're up 2014. If people -- go -- much too hard because they he ...





Not running in the 118th Boston Marathon? Won’t be on the course for this year’s emotionally charged April staple of New England? WEEI will bring you into the event, with Kirk Minihane and Rob Bradford joined by a host of WEEI personalities on the scene and on the course — with Bradford vowing to live tweet as he tries to churn through 26.2.

Anyone wishing to track the progress of Bradford and Minihane as they run can do so at the Boston Athletic Association website (Bradford is bib number 25566, Minihane is bib 25674).

 

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Alex Speier
Thornton joins Dino and Gerry to recap Games 1 and 2, discuss Brendan Smith challenging Chara, and preview Game 3 in Detroit.
Andruzzi reflects on last year's tragedy and talks about the runners for his foundation.
McGillivray breaks down the preparations for today's marathon and expresses no safety concerns surrounding today's event.

[0:00:01] ... this moment that for in the race director of the BAA -- David Gilbert joins us from -- to good morning to aria. Everything going smoothly. Yeah yeah it's great so -- I thought about the ...
[0:00:48] ... been dropped docs are. You know you don't erase street around the lead vehicle that make sure they're all in on time I mean to go daughter and are but I'm so -- haven't -- one might think that's out of place. As far as you can tell has ever won -- heeded the warnings and and and not brought back Paxson and end yelled in terms of the security situation everybody's following directions. Yeah yeah I mean I haven't seen any incident at all whatsoever I mean you are important obviously -- ...
[0:02:07] ... tree and we go. I heard Ed Davis 83 times the model law enforcement will be present and accounted for on the race course will -- -- you know. How how many law enforcement at Davis at three. But I within that 3500 -- thousand range call me that's probably. You know it would only if ...