Kenyans Win Men’s and Women’s Races at 116th Boston Marathon

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When you sign up to run the marathon in Boston, you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in the middle of April. men’s lifestyle and finance magazine today wished to commend all the participants of this year’s Boston Marathon, who competed in 80-degree temperatures in Boston yesterday, and a special congratulations to the Kenyan winners of the 116th Boston Marathon. Kenya-native Wesley Korir took the men’s first-place title and Sharon Cherop won the women’s race, both taking home first-place prizes of $150,000.

Chad Finn of reported that men’s winner, Wesley Korir, completed the course in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 40 seconds. He’s previously won two Los Angeles Marathons, adding Boston to his belt yesterday. Marathon runners competed in 80-degree temperatures in Boston, and Korir is quoted as saying after the race, “It was very important to me to take water, to take fluids, to hydrate as often as possible, even if it led to falling off the pace at times. It's hot. Too hot. In case you don't know that.'' Korir’s special attention to his hydration was reportedly a big contributing factor in his first-place achievement.

Taking the first-place prize in the women’s race yesterday was Kenya’s Sharon Cherop. She beat fellow countrywoman Jemima Jelagat Sumgong by just over 2 seconds, and attributes a conservative start to the race as the determining factor in her strong finish. In the article, Cherop is quoted as saying, “I was really prepared this time around. I started slowly, not faster like I did last year.”’s Senior staff writer is quoted as saying, “Marathon Monday is such an exciting day. I lived in Boston for 6 years, and really miss the excitement and buzz that fills the air as the city comes together to cheer on the participants, and wait eagerly for who will be crowned the new victor. I’ve had many friends compete in the race, and it is truly no small feat. It is a major accomplishment, and every single participant should feel very proud.”

The Boston Marathon is one of the five World Marathon Majors and is the world’s oldest annual marathon. It takes place every year on the third Monday in April, otherwise known and celebrated as Patriots’ Day. The first Boston Marathon was held in 1897 with only 18 participants. The race was birthed from the success of the marathon held during the 1896 Summer Olympics, the world’s first modern-day marathon of its kind. The fastest race time to date was 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds, completed by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya in the 2011 Boston Marathon.

The above-mentioned article stated that 26,716 people signed up to run the 116th Boston Marathon this year, however on race day, only 22,426 lined up and participated. Concerns over the stifling 80-degree temperatures caused the over 4,000 runners to defer their entries until 2013.

One of the main sponsors of the 2012 Boston Marathon was financial leader, John Hancock. This marks the 27th year they have sponsored the marathon. John Hancock has setup a Facebook page where participants can share their stories of the Marathon. John Hancock is known for their investment products and financial services available to both businesses and individuals. today sent out special congratulations to this year’s participants. Stated’s Senior staff writer, “The Boston Marathon is especially unique for its hilly course, and for the weather. When you sign up to run the marathon in Boston, you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in the middle of April. I give major props to everyone who competed this year, in the 80-degree temperatures. And the Kenyan men’s and women’s winners blow my mind. Their country boasts some seriously impressive runners! I think it is great that John Hancock has once again been a sponsor of the Boston Marathon especially at a time when the economy is changing, people are trying to manage their debt, and improve their credit score. The exposure will hopefully promote the importance of financial responsibility.” ”

According to the Boston Athletic Association’s official website, the historic course starts in Hopkinton, a rural New England town, and travels through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley before joining Route 16. From then, the course weaves through Newton Lower Falls to Commonwealth Avenue. The route stays on Comm Ave through the Newton Hill and Chestnut Hill, before banking onto Beacon Street for the home stretch. The race finishes near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square in the Back Bay area of downtown Boston. A full list of the top finishers in all categories can be found at the above-mentioned website.

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