a blog by La Kifo
The Marathon was on a great beautiful day, you could not ask for a better atmosphere for Marathon Monday.
A lot of great stories to pick from on days like these. Let's start with the winners.
Lemi Berhanu Hayle the male winner from Ethopia finished the with winning time of 2:12:45. Atsede Baysa the female winner finished with another impressive time of 2:29:19.
Ethopian males have won 3 out of the past 4 Marathons. While for the women, Ethopia retakes the crown after Kenya took the past 5 Marathons. Hayle the mens winner is only 21 years old. An amazing feet for such a young kid. The kid should do some IronMan comps or the cross fit games. Something to jump start a career for himself.
Atsede is no scrub herself. She has won the Chicago Marathon, Paris Marathon 2x, as well as Xiamen International Marathon, and Istanbul Marathon. All before the age of 29. One impressive resume for her running career.
That must be the worst professional athlete experience. There is almost zero exposure for running athletes. No fan clubs, nothing. The money is probably good if you win, but that is only if you win. $150,000 goes to the winner of the Boston Marathon. You only win a few of these big marathons in a career, I highly doubt pro athletes can live with six figures every 5 or more years.
Here was one great story, as the survivors of the bombings brave the 26 mile trek across our beautifully rejuvenated city. In the years to come I hope we will see more and more inspiring stories just like Adrianne's.
Another story popping up this year is the story of Marc Fucarile. Marc lost his leg in the Boston Marathon Bombings two years ago. Today, he was racing in the Marathon and crossing the very finish line, the scene of the tragic attack which took his left leg.
Marc finished the marathon as a hand cyclist with a time of 2:21:37. During his courageous run, he had a bluetooth device that fed him support throughout.
Marc is another champion that shows the world that the US and Boston won't back down and be afraid of terrorists and overarching evil. Congrulations to everyone who competed in marathon and good luck with lactic acid build up tomorrow.
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