Monday, April 21, 2008

Scenes From Today's Boston Marathon

Defending champion Ernst van Dyk was already ahead of second-place finisher Krige Schabort [left] by the time they hit Heartbreak Hill.

The two leading women, Dire Tune [F7] and Alevtina Biktimirova [F8], were neck-and-neck up Heartbreak Hill [right]; they would stay that way until the end. Tune beat Biktimirova by two seconds at the finish in a race that couldn't have been closer.

Defending champion Lidiya Grigoryeva [left], however, was well-behind in eighth place, and looking to be in serious trouble. She later would finish in ninth place.

The elite men and the first wave of the open competition left 25 minutes later -- and arrive at Heartbreak Hill 10 minutes later -- with defending champion and three-time winner Robert Cheruiyot [right] already holding the lead.

The early waves of runners from the open competition are starting to attack Heartbreak Hill...

...followed, an hour later, by the middle-of-the-pack runners.

People often say, "I don't know how they do it." Here's a guy who I really don't know how he did it, since he tore his Achilles tendon only three months ago.

Most marathons have some people near the back who run in wacky outfits. This race I saw one guy in a pink tutu near the front of the pack (probably running under 3:00) -- sorry, no photo -- and this guy nearer to the middle of the pack in blackface impersonating Randy Moss [right]. I'm not sure if we were supposed to cheer him or throw orange slices at him.

What would a Boston sports event be without the requisite NY Yankees fan in a team uniform? [left] He's clearly overdressed for the warm weather today, so maybe he'll collapse from heat exhaustion. Too bad.

This guy [right] was much too far back in the race to throw a water balloon at the torch... if there were one.


nanio said...

Yankee guy was alive and not stumbling at mile 25.

Michael Pahre said...

Yep, the Yankees fan was photographed further down the course.