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With burst through hills, Cherigat proves too much for men's field to weather
4/20/04 - It was a beach day in April, when the scorching skies demanded prudence and a rash move at the wrong time was a ticket to the medical tent and an IV tube. A perfect afternoon, Timothy Cherigat decided, to throw down a challenge to his rivals heading into the hills. Damn the thermometer, full speed ahead.

In scorching conditions, Ndereba keeps her cool to win women's race again
4/20/04 - Catherine Ndereba closed Elfenesh Alemu's 30-yard lead at the 15-mile mark in yesterday's Boston Marathon, and for the next 10 miles, the two leaders ran together. At times Ndereba was a step ahead, then it was Alemu. They went from each other's shadow to running side by side, so close you could scarcely slip a gnat between them.

Heat was too much to bear
4/20/04 - More than 1,100 runners suffered dehydration, heart ailments, and other medical problems at the Boston Marathon yesterday in near-record heat, more than twice as many injuries as medical officials have seen in recent years.

New rule engenders equal footing
4/20/04 - Maybe they should have consulted the people who put together those Guinness commercials. "Carry six beers at one time? Brilliant! "

Van Dyk right on the mark
4/20/04 - South African Ernst Van Dyk, 31, had a goal when he started the men's wheelchair race yesterday. He attained it with ease. He also reached another goal, one he could only have dreamed of: setting a course record.

Blauwet surges to the forefront
4/20/04 - The American flag flew a bit higher after the women's wheelchair race yesterday. Cheri Blauwet, a native of Iowa, recorded a nifty time of 1 hour 39 minutes 53 seconds to outlast Switzerland's Edith Hunkeler (1:41:13) and Sandra Graf (1:42:13).

Kipkemboi and Burangulova refuse to take it slow
4/20/04 - Older doesn't necessarily mean slower in marathoning. Not when a separate division -- for those over 40 -- means a separate winner.

All signs pointed to start of something big
4/20/04 - The scene at the start of yesterday's Boston Marathon was just like the race itself: Things began slowly, and gradually grew to a rousing climax at high noon.

Thanks to BAA, good (start) time was had by all
4/20/04 - Television often gets the blame for moving starting times. So give the Boston Athletic Association -- and its TV partners, who signed off on the change -- credit for moving the women's start of the Boston Marathon to 11:31 a.m. Soon after Joan Benoit Samuelson (celebrating the 25th anniversary of her first Boston win) fired the gun to start yesterday's ...

Learning on the run, Cheboror finds place
4/20/04 - He didn't know the course and its nuances. He wasn't sure where to make his move, or if it was even wise to attempt a move on such a hot day.

For many entrants, it was a road to ruin
4/20/04 - Yesterday's weather may not have been as oppressive as the 1976 "Run for the Hoses," when more than 40 percent of the 1,942 starters dropped out, but it produced its share of what marathon buffs call "road kill."

Halfway home, a big lift helped
4/20/04 - It's a tunnel without walls or a ceiling, there's no tollbooth at either end, and it's only open on Patriots Day -- and no, it has nothing to do with a Big Dig cost overrun.

There was plenty of support to top it off
4/20/04 - As the midday sun poured it on for the first summerlike weather here in seven months, the focus of yesterday's 108th Boston Marathon became the intersection of Hammond Street and Commonwealth Avenue, the top of the infamous Heartbreak Hill at Mile 21.

Hot to trot
4/19/04 - With another "Run for the Hoses" predicted for today's 108th Boston Marathon -- temperatures are expected to be in the mid-80s -- the Boston Athletic Association is advising the 20,000-plus starters to "run safely and smartly." Meaning, they should pace themselves sensibly and rehydrate frequently.

Mixed messages on carbs
4/19/04 - Even the Boston Marathon is trying to kick the carbohydrate habit. Race organizers used to stage a pre-race meal they called the ''Pasta Party" on the night before the event. But spaghetti has acquired a negative connotation as low-carbohydrate meal plans like the Atkins diet catch on, promising fast weight loss.

Blessing of the feet
4/19/04 - As the "Chariots of Fire" theme song was played on the pipe organ, the fit and fleet among the worshipers strode to the altar. They'd come to Our Lady of Victories in Boston's Bay Village for a special blessing before today's running of the 108th Boston Marathon. It was the 18th annual Sunday morning Mass dedicated to marathoners.

A trial balloon with leaks
4/19/04 - The question comes around every quadrennium. "Like deja vu all over again," says David D'Alessandro. Why shouldn't Boston host the US Olympic marathon trials?

Rutto conquers London
4/19/04 - For the first time in 15 years a Kenyan man -- Evans Rutto -- won the London Marathon, beating countryman Sammy Korir yesterday by 30 seconds in 2 hours 6 minutes 18 seconds in a chilly rain.

Marathon drug testing is an uphill task
4/19/04 - As major league baseball reels from a designer steroid scandal, Boston Marathon organizers say they plan to maintain the same drug testing system they've run for several years: a urine sample taken at random from top finishers, looking for everything from steroids to hormones that increase endurance.

We love a man in uniform
4/19/04 - Among those running in today's 108th Boston Marathon is actor David James Elliott, star of CBS's military drama series "JAG." A veteran marathoner, Elliott's running to raise money for the Salvation Army. "It's a great organization that does great work," he said yesterday.

Running for his life
4/19/04 - God knows, you don't want to turn down Dave McGillivray when he asks you to go for a 5-mile run, even though your better instincts, and your calves, tell you not to. But to him, 5 miles is a walk downstairs for coffee.

Fame not in his fortunes
4/18/04 - Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot thought that his life would change after he broke the tape in Copley Square last year. Isn't that what happens to the man who wins the world's oldest continuous marathon? Wouldn't his name go up alongside Ibrahim Hussein's and Cosmas Ndeti's and Moses Tanui's and the rest of the Kenyans who'd won at Boston?

Residents keep vigil against runners who just have to go
4/18/04 - Tomorrow Diane Facendola, a longtime Hopkinton resident who lives about a half-mile from the start of tomorrow's Boston Marathon, will be staying home to protect her yard from runners who, she and other residents say, forget all decency when they show up for the annual 26-mile trek.

As miles mount, thinking of Oak Street
4/18/04 - My goal was to make it to the end of Oak Street and back home. The Foxborough street is perfect for runners -- exactly 2 miles long with gradual rolling hills and a wide bike lane that lets you stay off the bumpy sidewalk and out of the way of street traffic. But when I took up running out of the blue two years ago, Oak Street quickly became my own Heartbreak Hill.

Sharing Marathon memories
4/18/04 - We asked Globe West readers and Boston.com surfers to tell us their Marathon memories and traditions. Here are some of their responses.

3 Questions for Emily Bates
4/18/04 - For the first time in the Marathon's history, the elite female runners will start before the men. A big deal?

Marathon Notebook
4/18/04 - When John Goodwin of North Andover toes the starting line in tomorrow's Boston Marathon, he'll be running for a very special person in his life -- his 7-year-old daughter, Ann. Goodwin is a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, which each year runs to fund cancer research.

Over the long run, her spirit has triumphed
4/18/04 - Deborah Atwood knows there is more than one kind of marathon. There is the easy kind, the road races she used to run in just over three hours. And there is the harder one -- the race that began 21 years ago, when she was hit by a car and nearly killed while on a training run for the Boston Marathon.

Curbside enthusiasm
4/18/04 - It's been said that the Boston Marathon has the most involved, intense fans of any road race on the planet. After all, we've had 107 years to practice.

Firms put best feet forward for Marathon
4/18/04 - Win on Monday, sell on Tuesday. That's the marketing plan for sneaker makers as they gear up for the Boston Marathon tomorrow in what the running world considers the Super Bowl of road races. To create buzz, companies from adidas to Nike are going high-tech -- so much so that some of the shoes aren't suited for regular runners.

This Italian job long-running hit
4/18/04 - When Italy's great distance runner Gelindo Bordin won the marathon gold in the 1988 Olympics, following up two years later with a win in Boston, he inspired a 15-year-old from Jesi, Italy, Daniele Caimmi. Now 31, Caimmi has emerged as Italy's best hope in Boston and this summer's Olympics in Athens, for which he has already qualified.

Alemu is running in big footsteps
4/17/04 - You must lean in to hear her speak, for her soft words don't stray far from her lips. When a cameraman asked her to smile for a shot, she initially flashed an embarrassed glance then curved the corners of her mouth slightly upward. Everything about Ethiopian marathoner Elfenesh Alemu's demeanor says she doesn't care for attention.

Benoit Samuelson debut a keeper
4/17/04 - Joan Benoit Samuelson, like many people in their 40s, wonders where the years have gone. But the running legend from Freeport, Maine, remembers what happened 25 years ago as if it were yesterday.

This time, Sobanska won't baby herself
4/17/04 - Everything seemed fine over the first 10 kilometers. But Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland discovered that her speed in the 2002 Boston Marathon was dissipating. No matter how much she tried, the 2001 Boston runner-up could not maintain a fast pace and slowed to a point where she subsequently dropped out.

Second to one
4/16/04 - Everybody remembers the multiple victors, such as Clarence DeMar and Bill Rodgers, or Uta Pippig and Fatuma Roba. But what about Juma Ikangaa and Tom Fleming, or Victor Dyrgall and Elana Meyer, whose pursuits across 26 miles were anything but trivial? Finishing second in Boston is "like drinking vinegar," says John "The Younger" Kelley, who was runner-up five times.

Three of a kind didn't suit her
4/16/04 - What if now were then, if the women had a separate start at the Boston Marathon, as they will Monday morning in Hopkinton? Maybe Patti Dillon would have been able to keep better track of Joan Benoit in 1979. Maybe she would have seen Jacqueline Gareau up ahead of her in 1980. Maybe she would have heard Allison Roe's footsteps behind her in 1981.

Wheel opportunity
4/16/04 - After a farm accident left Cheri Blauwet a paraplegic at age 1, her parents decided the best way to raise their younger daughter was to offer her plenty of opportunities and no pity. Rather than set her up for a life of "Why me?" again and again, Judy and Dale Blauwet inspired Cheri to ask the opposite: "Why not?"

She's mastered run in no time
4/16/04 - It was not exactly a Rosie Ruiz, but when Lee DiPietro first ran Boston as a Boston University student some 20 years ago, she jumped in as a "bandit" for the last 10 miles. But it was enough to get her hooked.

Success rubs off on Kimutai
4/16/04 - Elijah Lagat went there prior to winning the Boston Marathon in 2000. Ditto Moses Tanui the last time he ran here. Paul Tergat is known to make frequent visits. In fact, some of Kenya's top distance runners include a stop at Benjamin Kosgei Kimutai's massage therapy clinic in downtown Eldoret, Kenya, as part of their training regimen.

Kenyans show school spirit
4/16/04 - Sponsored by John Hancock Running and Fitness, the Adopt-A-Marathoner program, held annually at Hopkinton's Elmwood School, brings Kenyan runners to meet with students and educate them about the benefits of distance running.

Ndereba a returning champion
4/16/04 - What is striking about Kenya's Boston Marathon runners is that they progress here at a sprinter's pace. One year they acknowledge that it's their first Boston run -- or first marathon -- and their inexperience shows; they often botch a solid effort with miscalculations. The next year, they're first to the finish line. And so it was for Catherine Ndereba.

Personal best for runners: DVD records journey
4/16/04 - Dr. Jim Barahal, president of the Honolulu Marathon, has dabbled in writing screenplays, one of them a fantasy in which baseball's first holdout, Ty Tompkins, comes back unthawed from the ill-fated ship to lead a modern-day major league team to a championship. His latest venture, although bordering on fantasy, is quite real.

From Boston to Hopkinton and back
4/16/04 - It sounds utterly insane. But on Marathon Monday, two friends, 40-year-old Bill Nawn and 34-year-old Sean Luitjens will start at 7 a.m. at the finish line on Boylston Street, run 26.2 miles to Hopkinton, where thousands of other marathoners will be milling around, grab a quick bite to eat, then take off with the pack at noon and run 26.2 miles back to Boston.

Completing her mission
4/16/04 - Brian Townsende brought along his camera on that unseasonably warm morning last October when his young wife ran the Chicago Marathon with a single goal in mind: to qualify for Boston.

Getting the call at ESPN
4/16/04 - Sean McDonough and Larry Rawson will form ESPN's broadcast team for Monday's Boston Marathon (ESPN2, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), and given the former's preparation and the latter's running experience, the telecast should be in good hands.

After 'worst' year, Hoyts in running
4/15/04 - Last year was supposed to have been Dick and Rick Hoyt's 23d straight Boston Marathon. But the father-son duo ran into an unexpected problem: Just a few months before the big race, while running one day, Dick had a heart attack.

Rop sets out to reclaim laurels
4/15/04 - Rodgers Rop, the 28-year-old Nairobi police officer who came out of obscurity two years ago to win both the Boston and New York City marathons, had a down year in 2003. For him.

Pliska knows his place
4/14/04 - Top local hope Ken Pliska, 38, who represents the Whirlaway Racing Team in Littleton, readily acknowledges that his time does not gain him entry into the "elite" club, now dominated by international runners in the post-Rodgers/Benoit era.

Is this fast food?
4/14/04 - An Idaho farmer thinks the Ethiopian victories are due in part to a little-known ancient grain called teff.

No gold in Boston hills
4/13/04 - Ken Pliska and Lee Di Pietro are the top domestic hopes in Monday's 108th Boston Marathon. What does that tell you? Must be an Olympic year.

The two-hour marathon
4/13/04 - Hardly anyone thought it was possible for a human being to run a mile in less than four minutes -- until Roger Bannister did it in 1954. Within three years, nine other men had done it, too. Athletic records are made to be broken: That's the fun of it. But what are the limits of human performance?

Hopkinton mobilizes answer to marathon call of nature
4/12/04 - Race officials this year are mounting a massive effort, positioning 471 portable toilets near the starting line in Hopkinton, placing dozens of "good will ambassadors" to direct runners to toilets, and creating a hotline that residents can call to report runners and others answering the call of nature where they shouldn't.

Unions plan displays at Marathon, Sox game
4/8/04 - Angry about the slow progress of contract talks, a collection of Boston labor unions is planning to demonstrate and hand out literature outside the Red Sox home opener and near the finish line of Boston Marathon.

Four communities get more Marathon aid
4/4/04 - After holding out for more money, the Natick Board of Selectmen learned last week that the Boston Athletic Association has agreed to increase the share of funds to the town from the Boston Marathon.

'Lost Boy' of Sudan runs for brothers
3/28/04 - Gabriel Bol Akau is running, sinewy and strong as a colt, over the snow-frosted hills and past the apple orchards of Stow. Twelve miles have passed beneath his steady pace, but no sweat beads his brow. His fellow runners have stopped to rest. But Akau does not falter.

Natick wants more for Marathon costs
3/25/04 - Imagine that every registered Boston Marathon runner dropped $1 into a hat on the way through Natick. The contribution would come to $20,000, the amount the race sponsor gives to the town each year to help host the event.

It's a long, long way to Donegal
3/21/04 - Now that Kevin Dillon's time in Boston has all but run its course, he has decided to do the same. The Donegal native whose three-year visa expires at the end of April has planned a dramatic farewell to the city he would love to call home: running the Boston Marathon.

BAA field includes returning champs Ndereba, Cheruiyot
3/17/04 - Catherine Ndereba, a two-time Boston Marathon champion, is back in the field for this April's race after skipping the event last year. Back, too, are the three top-finishing men from 2003, including defending champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot.

A marathon runner writes about Little Ducky that Could
3/14/04 - Marathon running has been used as a metaphor for everything from presidential campaigns to battles with cancer. Now Michele Bredice Craemer of Upton has written a marathon-themed children's book with the message: Life may not always be just ducky, but with a positive attitude and support, you can make it to the finish line.

Women's field to get early Marathon start
2/11/04 - Equal but separate. That's the new byword for the Boston Marathon, which will switch to a distinct (and earlier) start for the elite women in the 108th running of the race April 19.

Running for her life
11/30/03 - Once famed as the top US female distance runner, Patti Catalano Dillon declined into despair and homelessness. Now, she's back -- hopeful and ready to compete again.

Kipkemboi wins BAA half marathon
10/13/03 - It was a familiar Boston sight: three world-class Kenyan runners breaking away from the pack. Is it spring already? No, but the BAA Half Marathon may be on course to become a fall classic, making the Emerald Necklace race a scenic bookend to its historic Patriots Day event.

Hancock's signature brand to remain a driving force in sports scene
9/29/03 - Despite John Hancock's announced merger with Toronto-based Manulife Financial Corp., Hancock's efforts in sports-related marketing will continue, including its sponsorship of the Boston Marathon, the company said.

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