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1897:The first marathon

1900: The first international presence

1901: Scandal, legalized betting and first-ever marathon photos

1907: Course changes & Heartbreak Hill

1916: First Bostonian wins

1918: Marathon cancelled; relay race instead

1920: Boston Classic Chosen as Olympic Marathon Trials

1921: Zuna sets course record of 2:18:57

1924: DeMar sets new world's record

1935: Johnny Kelley wins first victory

1953: A year of world-record-breaking times

1957: John J. Kelley finally wins Boston Marathon

1972: Women officially acknowledged in BAA race

1975: Rodgers, Winter obliterate record books

1979: Rodgers breaks own course record for third win; Benoit takes women's division

1980: Rosie Ruiz pulls the ultimate prank

1983: Joan Benoit carves out a new world

1986: De Castella and Kristiansen win first cash prize

1990: Gelindo Bordin is the first Olympic gold medalist to win Boston

1993: Cosmas Ndeti wins his first

1996: A stunning push near finish makes Pippig three-time champ

1997: A new order: Kenya's Lameck Aguta, Ethiopia's Fatuma Roba win 101st running

1998: Tanui regains Boston crown, Roba makes it two in a row

1999: Fatuma Roba repeats; Kenya's Joseph Chebet finally wins

2000: Elijah Lagat wins closest race to date; Catherine Ndereba breaks through

2001: Lee Bong Ju of Korea breaks Kenyan stranglehold; Ndereba wins again

2002: Rop leads comeback by Kenyan men; Okayo KOs course record

2003: Cheruiyot leads sweep by Kenyan men; Russian women take 1-2

2004: Kenyans take the titles: Timothy Cherigat wins the men's race, and Catherine Ndereba wins the women's.

2005: Catherine Ndereba makes history with a fourth Boston title; Hailu Negussie wins men's race.

2006: Experience guideded Robert Cheruiyot to a record run (by just one second) and second win in the Boston Marathon.