By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
It’s Marathon Monday in Boston. This morning, twenty five thousand runners took to the streets of Hopkinton, on a marathon course that ran through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brighton, on a 26.2 mile route into Boston, with a finish line in Copley Square. Hundreds of thousands of cheering fans lined the streets as 2009 Boston Marathon participants passed by, making their way downhill and uphill (rinsed and repeated), through neighborhoods and business districts, enduring Heartbreak Hill, and relying on both internal and external motivation, as they reached the homestretch, and finally the finish.
It was the 113th Boston Marathon, and 2009 Live Boston Marathon coverage was broadcast locally via Channel 4 Boston CBS station WBZ (wbztv.com), while globally Boston Marathon Live Video was provided online via Universal Sports (universalsports.com).
US Runner Ryan Hall (Bib #2) Messages via Twitter Mid Sunday morning
The 2009 Boston Marathon had the best live coverage ever, thanks to TV Marathon broadcasts, Boston Marathon live video broadcasts online, and thousands of 140 character message updates coming from those using Twitter to give us all the latest Boston Marathon updates. For those that tweet, view Boston Marathon tweets using Boston+Marathon in the search field.
While the Boston Athletic Association (baa.org) had PDF and Gif format Course Maps for viewing online and downloading, Red Sox hats off to Boston.com for creating the most awesome Marathon Map I’ve ever seen. The 2009 Interactive Boston Marathon Course Map is a must see, even if you didn’t run the race.
(photo: 2008 Boston Marathon winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot – credit: jbandlow via Flickr)
2009 Boston Marathon Photos — thousands of cameras (ranging from amateur to pro) captured the activities of the day, and many of those photos will end up online. I’m including Boston Marathon news sources, since they’ll undoubtedly have high quality photos from the day’s race. However, previous marathon covering experience has taught me to always check photo sharing sites like Flickr for additional race day photos.
Two sources to check are Boston Marathon Photos on the Universal Sports Photo Album Archive and the Sports Marathon Photo page for Boston.com (site features some of the best photo coverage you’ll see).
Quite a few excellent photographers will post marathon photos to the Flickr photo sharing service. I’d suggest giving people a few days to upload photos (although some have already posted) and then perform searches for tags or terms like boston marathon 2009, boston marathon, boston marathon winners, and such.
Boston Marathon Results — The Leaderboard can be viewed directly on the Boston Athletic Association Marathon homepage (top 10 Mens and Womens) and overall winners can be viewed on the Top Finishers page. Boston Marathon Results via Bib Number can be performed here (on the baa.org site) or here (boston marathon results search form).
Who won the 2009 Boston Marathon? — Deriba Merga of Ethiopia won the Mens division with at time of 2:08:42, Daniel Rono of Kenya placed 2nd with a time of 2:09:32, and Ryan Hall of California placed 3rd with a time of 2:09:40.
Salina Kosgei of Kenya won the Womans division with at time of 2:32:16, with Dire Tune of Ethiopia timing 1 second behind at 2:32:17, and Kara Goucher of Oregon placing 3rd with a time of 2:32:25.
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