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3 p.m. Lead runners have finished
The BAA will be timing runners until 6 p.m. Among those who have crossed the finish line in the last few minutes are crowd favorites Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, who uses a wheelchair. Dick has been pushing Rick along the Boston Marathon course for since 1980.

2:30 p.m. Lead runners have finished
Runners continue to stream across the finish line by the thousands. Among those who did not complete the race were defending champion Moses Tanui, who appeared to succumb to cramps, and Bill Rodgers, who dropped out at the 20.7 mile mark. Rodgers was treated by the medical team, apparently for dehydration, but is reported to be OK.

2:26 p.m. Lead runners have finished.
Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland passed Yuko Arimori of Japan in the last few miles to grab second place among the women, in 2:25:51. Further back on the course, defending champion Moses Tanui has dropped out, according to witnesses.

2:22 p.m. Lead runners have finished
Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia has won the women's division of the 103rd Boston Marathon in 2:23:25. It's the 11th fastest women's marathon ever, and the fourth fastest ever in Boston. She ran a nearly identical 2:23:21 in winning last year.

2:13 p.m. Men's winner has finished; lead women still on course
Fatuma Roba is poised to become the second woman to win three straight Boston Marathons. She is looking strong, with a lead of a minute nearing the 25 mile mark. She passed through the 35K checkpoint in 1:57:52. Catherine Ndereba of Kenya was second through 35K in 1:58:51; Yuko Arimori of Japan was third; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland was fourth.

2:11 p.m. Men's winner has finished; lead women still on course
Silvio Guerra has crossed the finish line in 2:10:18 to take second place. Frank Pooe of South Africa, a late addition to the elite field, finished third in 2:11:37.

2:10 p.m. Men's winner has finished; lead women still on course
Joseph Chebet, second last year at Boston, has won the 103rd Boston Marathon in 2:09:52. Silvio Guerra of Ecuador will finished second.

2:05 p.m. Lead runners are in Boston
Joseph Chebet is pulling away from the field. He's heading into Kenmore Square with a 400-yard lead over Silvio Guerra. The crowds, augmented by fans who have left the Red Sox game, are cheering him on.

2:00 p.m. Lead runners are in Brookline
Joseph Chebet is holding on, though he's looking more tired. He has about a hundred-yard lead on Silvio Guerra, with Frank Pooe and Abner Chipu, both of South Africa, third and fourth. He has about two miles to go. Roba is a clear leader of the women's race. Lynn Jennings of New Hampshire has fallen off the pace.

1:52 p.m. Lead runners are in Cleveland Circle
Joseph Chebet of Kenya, second at Boston in each of the last two years, has taken the lead from Ecuador's Silvio Guerra. Defending champ Moses Tanui was fifth at 30K. Fatuma Roba has a comfortable lead in the women's race.

1:45 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Silvio Guerra continues to lead, but Kenyan Joseph Chebet, last year's runner-up, is gaining. Chebet is on his shoulder and looking strong as they pass the 22-mile mark.

1:42 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Fatuma Roba passed the 30K checkpoint in 1:40:28, ten seconds ahead of Catherine Ndereba.

1:37 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Silvio Guerra has opened a 100-yard lead over Frank Pooe of South Africa. Guerra personal best marathon is 2:09, set in Chicago. Kenneth Cheruiyot, who led early on, has dropped out of the race. Among the women, defending champion Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia has increased her lead to about 80 yards over Catherine Ndereba of Kenya. Roba passed 30K in 1:40:26.

1:30 p.m. Lead runners are at Heartbreak Hill
Silvio Guerra of Ecuador has broken away from the pack and has a 100-yard lead in the Newton hills, at 19 miles. His break came at mile 18, when he ran a 4:50 -- all uphill. Fatuma Roba and Catherine Ndereba are shoulder-to-shoulder among the women. Early leader Sun Yingjie has dropped more than a minute off the pace.

1:28 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
Louise Sauvage outsprinted Jean Driscoll over the last mile to win her third straight women's wheelchair championship. Her time of 1:42:22 is not a record. Meanwhile, Silvio Guerra of Ecuador has opened a big lead on the men's pack in Newton. His last mile was 4:50.

1:20 p.m. Lead runners are in Newton
The men are headed into the Newton hills. In the women's wheelchair race, the leaders, Louise Sauvage and Jean Driscoll, have turned onto Hereford Street. They are neck and neck.

1:10 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
Sun Yinjie appears to be fading. Two women runners have caught her, including Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia, the defending champion, and Kenyan Catherine Ndereba. They are in Wellesley, just past the halfway mark. Cheruiyot continues to lead a large pack of men.

1:06 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
Franz Nietlispach of Switzerland is the winner of the men's wheelchair race, in an unofficial time of 1:21:36. It is a personal record, though not a course record. The lead pack of 14 men have passed the halfway mark in Wellesley.

1:00 p.m. Lead runners are in Wellesley
The lead pack of men has just gone past the so-called "Screech Tunnel" at Wellesley College. The leaders went through the 20K mark in 62:04, 34 seconds off the record split of 61:30. Kenneth Cheruiyot is still leading, but the pack includes many of the race favorites, including defending champ Moses Tanui, Sammy Korir and John Kagwe.

12:55 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
The pack has closed up on the men's leaders, and the pace has picked up. Sun Yingjie of China is losing some of her lead, though she is still averaging 5:30-mile pace. She went through 8 miles in 42:06, almost a minute ahead of the record pace of 43:03. In the women's wheelchair race, Louise Sauvage and Jean Driscoll share the lead. Franz Nietlispach is in Brookline, having just passed the 23-mile mark.

12:45 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
A pack of three men -- Kenneth Cheruiyot of Kenya, Isaac Garcia of Mexico and John Kagwe of Kenya -- has made a break. In Natick Center, at the 15K mark, they have a 30-yard lead. Sun Yingjie of China continues to lead the women.

12:40 p.m. Lead runners are in Natick
Two-time defending champion Louise Sauvage has taken the lead in the women's wheelchair division. She's closely followed by Jean Driscoll, a seven-time winner, and Edito Hunkeler of Switzerland. Kenneth Cheruiyot continues to lead a large pack of men, while Sun Yingjie is setting a torid pace among women. The lead runners have just crossed into Natick.

12:36 p.m. Lead runners are in Framingham
Sun Yingjie, who at age 20 is one of the youngest elite runners, went through the 10K checkpoint in a phenominal 32:30, more than a minute ahead of Yuko Arimori of Japan and defending champion Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia. Her split would translate into a world record 2:16:00 marathon. The other elite runners seem content to let her go. Yingjie has been running with John Campbell, the Australia who holds the Boston record for runners over 40.

12:34 p.m. Lead runners are in Framingham
The men passed through 10K in 31:25, with Tesfaye Bekele of Ethiopia, and Isaac Garcia and Andres Espinosa of Mexico in the lead. The large pack a second or two behind includes Joseph Chebet, Sammy Korir and Kenneth Cheruiyot of Kenya and Vanderlei Lima of Brazil. They are well off the record pace.

12:30 p.m.
Kenneth Cheruiyot of Kenya leading the men's race; Sun Yingjie of China continues to lead the women. The crowds have thickened considerably in Ashland.

12:15 p.m. Lead runners are in Ashland
Sun Yingjie of China has sprinted to the lead in the women's race. The women's wheelchair race was a three-way tie at the 10K mark, with favorites Jean Driscoll and Louise Sauvage recording the same time, 22:48, as Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland.

12:12 p.m. Lead runners are in Ashland
John Kagwe of Kenya, one of the favorites, was leading a large pack as the lead runners entered Ashland. Further along the course, defending champion Franz Nietlispach of Switzerland has take over the men's wheelchair lead. He passed the eight-mile mark in Natick in 23:34 with a minute lead over early leader Saul Mendoza.

12:06 p.m. Lead runners are in Hopkinton
The leaders ran the first mile in 5:00.

12:02 p.m. Lead runners are in Hopkinton
The start was clean and the lead runners are now in the first mile, the steepest downhill section of the course. It will take 7 or 8 minutes for all of the nearly 13,000 official runners to cross the starting line.

Noon Lead runners are in Hopkinton
The 103rd Boston Marathon is under way. The top runners are sprinting away from the starting line so they don't get swallowed up by the pack behind them.

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