President Wilson's mandate to Germany to end indiscriminate submarine warfare in the wake of an attack on the Sussex, an English passenger vessel, knocked the Boston Marathon off the front page this year.
For the Marathon, 1916 was a year witnessing the absence of a previous years' winners and, to all spectators' surprise, the frail-looking, 116-pound Arthur Roth edged out a victory over New York's Willie Kyronen by just 11 seconds, a course record.
In the last leg of the race, spectators thought Roth's form--swinging arms, tilted head, and awkward breathing pattern--spelled doom for the runner, whose dogged determination and intensive training narrowly edged out the innate speed of second-place Kyronen.
This year, the B.A.A. refused 60-year-old Peter Foley's request to officially run the Marathon. But the B.A.A. decision didn't stop Foley; he ran anyway.