Defendig champ Ndereba makes short work of field 04/17/01 - Maybe next year they'll tell Catherine Ndereba to carry her daughter on her back. Or make her start out by I-495. Or have her chug a beer every 5 kilometers. Anything to make the women's division of the Boston Marathon a footrace again.
After decade of wins, Kenyans can't keep up 04/17/01 - It was getting to crunch time in the 105th Boston Marathon, and Kenyan Joshua Chelang'a, his task getting tougher by the stride, looked over his shoulder. ''I was looking for my fellow countrymen to come and assist me,'' Chelang'a said. But no one was there.
She stayed the course despite impediments 04/17/01 - Before the elite runners stepped to the starting line of yesterday's Marathon, the crowd at the Village Green gave its heart to Katie Lynch, the 28-inch, 35-pound patient advocate at Children's Hospital.
It's graduation day for top student VanDyk 04/17/01 - Ernst VanDyk did his homework well. For the past seven years, the muscular South African watched the top wheelchair marathoners, noting the strong points of those he considered the best in the sport. Yesterday, he was rewarded for his research and development work with a laurel wreath.
Her nemesis departed, Sauvage shows off staying power 04/17/01 - Even though her archrival Jean Driscoll had announced her retirement from the Marathon long before yesterday's race, Louise Sauvage had her doubts. ''I didn't believe it for sure until I didn't see her at the starting line,'' she said. Sauvage didn't see her for the next 26.2 miles, either, as she rolled to victory in 1:54:54.
It's not a late show as US men make top 10 list 04/17/01 - The consensus was that the contingent of American men entered in yesterday's Boston Marathon finally had enough depth to land someone in the top 10 for the first time since Bob Kempainen finished seventh in 1994. They did, as Rod DeHaven did Kempainen one better with his sixth-place finish.
Gaitenby's performance is uplifting 04/17/01 - A 10-week program of high intensity and high mileage in Alpine, Calif., was obviously the right way to go for Jill Gaitenby. Proof of that was never more evident than yesterday, when she shattered her personal best by more than 12 minutes and was the first American woman to cross the Boston Marathon finish line.
Ryjov switched into high gear 04/17/01 - Fedor Ryjov of Russia moved up one notch in the men's masters division of the Boston Marathon. And it was the notch that matters most.
Medical tent a patch of relief at the finish 04/17/01 - With a very respectable time of 2 hours 29 minutes 38 seconds in yesterday's Boston Marathon, Colden Baxter, 31, was one of the first casualties to take a wheelchair ride from the finish line into the medical tent, which resembles a huge M*A*S*H unit, awash in a sea of white-and-red-jacketed volunteers.
Elite's find peace in calm before the storm 04/17/01 It's just a church basement, one like so many others in New England. Lines of a basketball court dimly etched onto the floor, baskets at each end. Small classrooms off a balcony. Childrens' drawings lining the walls. But on this day, the walls are also lined with some of the best runners in the world.
Any leftover energy doesn't go to waste 04/17/01 - Some kick off their shoes and head for a couch, bed, or any surface that's soft, flat, and let's them relieve their blistered dogs. Others kick back a few brews, finally able to stop obsessing over what they put into or keep out of their stomachs. And a few thousand thrill seekers actually kick up their heels on the dance floor, at the Boston Athletic Association party or one of their own.
A common cause on Commonwealth Ave. 04/17/01 - They came to the crest of Heartbreak Hill, near the intersection of Hammond Street and Commonwealth Avenue, and staked out a spot on the toughest stretch of the 26-mile-385-yard course to serve as personal rooting sections in yesterday's 105th Boston Marathon.
With anticipation in the air, Hopkinton was hoppin' 04/17/01 - Before the sun rose, workers arrived at the makeshift Athletes' Village here. Shortly thereafter, the first of an endless line of school buses arrived to drop off more than 15,000 runners. For 364 days a year, these grounds serve as Hopkinton High School's athletic fields. But on Marathon Monday, it is a staging area for a world-class road race.
TV stations covered a lot of ground 04/17/01 - Coverage of international road racing or track and field doesn't get any better than what Boston-area viewers got in yesterday's telecast of the 105th Boston Marathon.
Subplots about in 105th edition 04/16/01 - At high noon today, the 105th Boston Marathon will begin, when 15,641 runners start the 26.2-mile trek from the town green in Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston. Alongside the energy gel and ibuprofen tucked in their pockets, each carries a story of long training runs in miserable weather, of movies and ballgames and family time sacrificed to speed workouts, of blisters and chafing and personal triumph.
Welcome runners! (Yankees go home) 04/16/01 - The split in Boston's sports personality was on singular display this long weekend. The first side is the well-mannered, civil side that has the city welcoming the world's elite long-distance runners for today's 105th running of the Boston Marathon. No one better embodies that breeding than the grand old man of the Marathon, 93-year-old Johnny Kelley, who threw out the first ball yesterday at Fenway Park. That's where breeding went into hibernation and the well-honed mania took over, the way it always does when the Yankees come to town.
Here's an idea: Bring Olympic Trials to Boston Marathon 04/16/01 - The last Olympic Trials were a disaster for United States distance running. Short of an earthquake swallowing up the 170 women competing in Columbia, S.C., and the 99 men in Pittsburgh, there wasn't much else that could go wrong. If paltry TV coverage and late changes in the rules weren't enough, sweltering heat guaranteed doom.
26.2 miles of storytelling 04/16/01 - One more time, for the 105th time, a gun will be fired and the Boston Marathon will begin. The streets will be painted, school will be out, there will be vacant parking meters in the Back Bay, the Red Sox will play in the morning, a Kenyan will finish in the top three, and Manny Ramirez will have an RBI. What a day.
Qualifying times may be revisited 04/16/01 - In keeping with the qualifying times required for entry into the Boston Marathon, a man between the ages of 18 and 34 has to run a marathon in no more than 3 hours 10 minutes; for a woman, it's 3:40. From 35 and up, age groups jump in five-year increments, with men 70 and older needing a 3:50 and women a 4:20 to qualify. Seems fair, no? Well ...
Dream team's goals include the sacred, and the simple 04/16/01 - It wasn't enough that Todd Rassiger decided to give up beer and sweets to run in his first marathon today, in Boston. He had to drag his friends into it, too. There are 25 of them strung across eight states on the ''Dream Team,'' each with a deadline of today to achieve his or her own goal.
Ndereba learned how to win, now is balancing her life 04/15/01 - As Catherine Ndereba sits drinking tea and chatting, her 3-year-old daughter is playing cymbals with a pair of polystyrene saucers. It's the first time little Jane has been out of Kenya to watch Ndereba race, and it's obviously quite an occasion for both mother and daughter.
Kenyans hard to keep up with 04/15/01 - The field, as usual, is superb. Five runners with personal bests under 2 hours 8 minutes, including the last three champions and the Olympic gold medalist. If anything, muses David D'Alessandro, that may be a problem. The Boston Marathon may have become too good for its own good.
BAA unseats able runners 04/15/01 - What goes in Canada -- the able-bodied competing with the disabled in wheelchair sports -- does not go in the granddaddy of American road races.
Several 'Champions' have ties to Boston 04/15/01 - For his new book, "Run with the Champions," author Marc Bloom, a senior writer for Runner's World magazine, devised a point system to rank the greatest American runners in history. Not surprisingly, more than a few have connections to that little road race scheduled for tomorrow.
Marathon latest goal in life of challenges for Katie Lynch 04/14/01 - Her life -- all 26-plus years of it -- has been one challenge after another. But Katherine Gabriele Lynch has handled them all. Another one awaits her in Hopkinton Monday when she toes the Boston Marathon starting line and attempts to walk 26.2 feet -- a piece of cake for most but a monumental effort for a woman weighing 35 pounds and measuring 28 inches.
Abera hopes to end Kenyan 'stronghold' 04/14/01 - Ethiopian Gezahegne Abera, the Olympic gold medalist, took one look at the BAA Official Program for Monday's 105th running of the Boston Marathon and loved what he saw. There he is, standing tall, smack dab in the middle of a small pack of Kenyans during last year's race.
Fultz recalls 'Run for Hoses' 04/14/01 - When Georgetown undergrad Jack Fultz was getting ready for the 1976 Boston Marathon, he was hoping for ideal conditions, because anything under 2 hours 20 minutes would earn him a free trip to the Olympic Trials. What he got was temperatures that hovered around 100 degrees, making it the hottest day in the history of the race.
New training centers renew hope for US distance runners 04/13/01 - From the trails beneath the peaceful Jeffrey pines on Mt. Laguna to the dirt footpaths at the edge of Albuquerque to the streets of suburban Detroit, American distance running is systematically being restored to its glory days of a quarter-century ago. At least that's the plan.
Train full time? They've got to be kidding 04/13/01 - It's 4:15 p.m. and 2-year-old Margaret, a blonde bundle of squeals, is circling at top speed and volume from room to room. Her sister Katrina, 7, is worried that mom just violated the Rice Krispie Treats recipe by using 41 giant marshmallows instead of 40. In the doorway, dad is stretching before a workout, dodging his youngest while making a phone call. It's a typical day at Mark Coogan's house, and things don't look all that different at Rod DeHaven's.
Marathon dominance makes Kenyan runners stars at home 04/13/01 - As dawn pushes darkness out of the Rift Valley skies, every rooster in the area is battling for the right to announce that morning has come. Scores of them strut on farmlands and bellow as if silence were going out of style. In many other parts of the world, their crowing would usher in the start of a new day. By Kenya's standards, they're late. Very late.
Tanui fears politics is Keynans' biggest enemy 04/13/01 - His voice level is barely audible, but beneath the soft murmur is a simmering frustration. Moses Tanui is not upset merely because Kenya's dominance in distance running might be in jeopardy. What bothers the two-time Boston Marathon winner is that he believes the primary adversaries of the Kenyan runners aren't from another country.
Women's field: With three of a kind, deck may be stacked 04/13/01 - The top three women are all in great shape, so Monday's race could be a gem. Both defending champion Catherine Ndereba and three-time winner Fatuma Roba ran the fastest half marathon of their lives this spring, and challenger Lornah Kiplagat set a world's best for 20K last month.
Wheelchair field: Swiss duo intimidating 04/13/01 - The consensus is that the men's wheelchair duel between Heinz Frei of Switzerland and countryman and defender Franz Nietlispach will be a highlight among Monday's Marathon events.
BAA adds fall half marathon 04/13/01 - Boston Athletic Association doesn't have the 105th Boston Marathon under its belt and already it's headed down a new road. Yesterday, it announced plans for a new race starting this fall. On Sunday, Oct. 14, the first BAA Half Marathon is expected to start and finish in Franklin Park.
Race coverage has come a long way in short time 04/13/01 - The Tall Ships were big. The Marathon may be bigger. So big that the BAA annually announces that it is the world's second-biggest one-day event in terms of media credentials, trailing only the Super Bowl. For local TV stations, Marathon Monday is the day they do their longest stretches of live coverage of the year.
Faces in the pack 04/13/01 - You won't find Doris Beatty, Bob Cunningham, Timothy Kelly, Robbie Silverman, Robyn Tice, or Sandy Xenos in the winner's circle Monday, but that is not the motivation behind their months of training for this year's Boston Marathon.
Here, they are on a run 04/12/01 - Of the 10,000 runners who gallop and gasp from Hopkinton to Boston, only 16 will have finished at least 25 consecutive runs by Monday night. But only two runners have reached 30 straight.
Gibb to race for a cure 04/12/01 - Roberta ''Bobbi'' Gibb is still going as strong as ever. Maybe not as fast, but definitely as strong. ''I'm running, smiling, feeling like I'm striding along the same as always, and it's taking twice as long as it used to,'' said Gibb, describing her Boston Marathon training - mostly barefoot on the beaches of San Diego.
Hopkinton enjoys status as the start of something big 04/12/01 - At 5:30 a.m. Monday the first of more than 1,000 volunteers will make their way through the predawn darkness and mid-April morning chill to Hopkinton Center. There they will begin preparations for the town's annual moment on the world stage: the local rite of spring for which 15,600 runners converge on this little town for the start of the Boston Marathon.
Pair to run for love and money for MS 04/12/01 - After years of resisting her mother's advice, Wendi Morner decided to follow her own. As a team manager for the Leukemia Society's ''Team in Training,'' Morner often coaxed skeptics into agreeing to run marathons by promising that the program could turn even the most unathletic person into a long-distance runner.
Board member, former patient join to raise funds for Children's Hospital 04/12/01 - Ten-year-old Cali Papalia doesn't remember much about either of the bouts she had with a crippling blood disease early in her young life. But her parents do. And when they remember how Cali's body swelled up - her skin so sensitive that she couldn't stand to be touched - they find it hard to believe that a week from tomorrow she will run the final mile of the Boston Marathon.
Kiplagat is centered in the hills of Kenya 04/11/01 - When Lornah Kiplagat gets to the Boston Marathon starting line she'll have just one thing on her mind -- finishing ahead of the pack. But afterwards, Kiplagat will go back to her hotel room, log on to her laptop, and read the e-mails that have been sent from a training center in a small town in Kenya. It's called the High Altitude center. It's Kiplagat's center.
1999 champ Chebet joins men's field 04/10/01 - A past champion was added yesterday to the field for Monday's 105th Boston Marathon. Joseph Chebet, who came from behind in 1999 to win in 2 hours 9 minutes and 52 seconds and halt his string of three consecutive second-place finishes, joins 1998 winner Moses Tanui and last year's champion, Elijah Lagat.
'Ultra' racer has to step it down 04/10/01 - Jim Garcia hears it every spring. ''You're running the Marathon, right?'' And if not, why not? He's a world-level road racer, isn't he? He can click off a 2:40 in his sleep. ''Well, I have a bigger race,'' Garcia might say. Such as the US 100-kilometer championships in late March, which determine the world team.
ABC's Lisa Ling is a runner with a cause 04/10/01 - "Closure" is an overused word, but in Monday's 105th running of the Boston Marathon, Channel 5 and ABC will be following a bittersweet tale of making something positive come from twin tragedies.
Feasting on marathon tradition 04/08/01 - Shayna Ferullo hasn't missed a Boston Marathon in all of her 20 years - but this is the first year she's actually running in the race.
Woman seeks help for Nepalese runner denied permission to visit US 04/05/01 - When Cathy Neal's tour guide told her he was an avid runner as they trekked through Nepal last year, she thought, why not suggest he try to qualify for the Boston Marathon? Neal thought the young man was a perfect fit for the race that welcomes runners from 60-plus countries each year. But it wasn't nearly so simple.
A mother's road back 04/04/01 - The Boston Marathon was as much a dare as a goal a year ago when, seven
months pregnant with her fourth child, Deborah Eappen vowed to run the 26 miles this
April to raise money for the nonprofit charity she and her husband, Sonny,
founded in memory of their son Matty to combat Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Firefighters to rally on day of marathon 04/01/01 - Spectators near the finish line of the 105th Boston Marathon will have prime seats for another of the city's longest-running competitions: the battle between Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the firefighters union.
Wireless users will be able to track runners 03/30/01 - Some fans watching this year's Boston Marathon will be able to track the progress of runners they know in a new and innovative way, as the Boston Athletic Association begins using wireless technology.
Lagat, Ndereba are set to defend titles 03/23/01 - Kenyans Elijah Lagat and Catherine Ndereba, the men's and women's defending champion, will head the fields for the April 16 Boston Marathon, which also has attracted two Olympic gold medalists.
Running guru Larry Olsen is ready to greet the season 03/18/01 - With spring officially here this week, the Boston Marathon fast
approaching, and runners anxiously looking to hit their stride outdoors, Larry
Olsen, proprietor of a renowned pro shop, has reason to smile.
Slightly smaller field of 15,000 expected this year 03/01/01 - The 105th Boston Marathon won't be the biggest field ever, by a long shot. It's five years past the centennial, and the millennium run is history. But as always, the venerable event will have a few new wrinkles.