Results and Highlights From the 2022 Boston Marathon

The 126th running of the historic marathon didn’t disappoint.

For the first time since 2019, the Boston Marathon returned to Patriots’ Day. Tens of thousands of runners covered the distance from Hopkinton to Boylston, overcoming Heartbreak Hill to cross the famous finish line.

Continue reading for all the results and highlights from the 2022 Boston Marathon, complete with the men’s and women’s champions, historic storylines, fun observations, and more.

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Three Women Run Stride for Stride Most of the Race, but Peres Jepchirchir Takes the Victory

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Peres Jepchirchir, Ababel Yeshaneh, and Joyciline Jepkosgei.
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In her Boston Marathon debut, Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya took the victory in 2:21:01.

Three women pulled ahead early, Jepchirchir, Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh, and Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei. The pack stayed together until 23rd mile, when Jepchirchir and Yeshaneh pulled away. From there, it was a battle between the two athletes.

Over the last mile, the pair would trade off the lead numerous times, until Jepchirchir made one final push in the last seconds of the race to win on Boylston. Yeshaneh settled for second with her 2:21:05 time. Mary Ngugi of Kenya, after battling with fellow Kenyan Edna Kiplagat, earned third place in 2:21:40.

Nell Rojas ran 2:25:57 to take 10th overall and top American woman honors.

Evans Chebet Makes a Hard Move to Win the Men’s Race

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Evans Chebet crosses the finish line on Boylston Street.
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Evans Chebet of Kenya crossed the finish line in 2:06:51 to win the men’s race.

“My coach had told me going into the race that when you see people getting close to you, you have to shoot up and give them a race,” he said on the race broadcast. He certainly gave spectators a race, covering 35K to 40K in a 13:55 5K split.

Fellow Kenyan Lawrence Cherono finished second in 2:07:21. Last year’s champion Benson Kipruto, also of Kenya, finished third in 2:07:27. Scott Fauble earned top American honors in seventh place with a 2:08:52 personal-best time.

Daniel Romanchuk Dominates Men’s Wheelchair Race

After defending champion Marcel Hug pulled out of the race due to medical reasons, Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. took advantage, blowing away the field early.

The wheelchair athlete was the youngest to ever win the race in 2019 as a 20-year-old. Now, after leading for 23 miles, he’s a two-time Boston Marathon champion, finishing in 1:26:58.

Manuela Schär Overcomes COVID-19 Infection to Win Women’s Wheelchair Race

Manuela Schär built a huge gap early and never gave it up, winning her fourth Boston Marathon title.

“I had a bit of a setback, a few weeks ago I got [COVID-19] and I couldn’t train as I wished,” she told Runner’s World a few days before the race. “I'm not quite sure where I stand so I'll find out on Monday.”

The Swiss wheelchair athlete clearly overcame the setback, completing the course in a time of 1:41:08.

BAA Honorary Women’s Team Celebrates the Eight Pioneer Runners from 50 Years Ago

In the early years of the Boston Marathon, women weren’t permitted to run. In fact, in 1966 Bobbi Gibb hid in a bush and disguised herself in a hoodie just to be able to compete. By doing so, she set a precedent that carried into the following years.

In 1972, eight pioneer women ran the Boston Marathon: Nina Kuscsik, Elaine Pedersen, Kathrine Switzer, Pat Barrett, Sara Mae Berman, Valerie Rogosheske, Ginny Collins, and Frances Morrison.

Val Rogosheske was back running the race 50 years later at 75-years-old. Joining her are seven other women chosen to represent the original runners. Those women are:

  • Mary Ngugi, who helped found the Women’s Athletic Alliance dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence in the wake of the murder of Agnes Tirop.
  • Manuela Schär, one of the most dominant women’s wheelchair athletes of all time.
  • Melissa Stockwell, the first female American soldier to lose a limb in active combat.
  • Sarah Fuller, the first woman to play in a Power Five conference football game.
  • Kristine Lilly, two-time World Cup and Olympic champion in women’s soccer.
  • Jocelyn Rivas, the youngest woman to run 100 marathons.
  • Verna Volker, who founded Native Women Running, a running community for Native American women.

    Spencer the Dog Named Official Dog of the Boston Marathon

    Spencer, a 12-year-old golden retriever, has been a memorable sight on the sidelines of the Boston Marathon since 2015. Holding Boston Strong flags in his mouth whether rain or shine, the pup went viral after the 2018 and 2019 marathons.

    But in 2020, COVID-19 canceled the 2020 Boston Marathon. Instead of being on the sidelines, Spencer was in surgery having a cancerous tumor removed. To the joy of the Boston community, he pulled through and returned to his right place between miles two and three in October 2021.

    This year, Spencer received a special treat—he was named the official dog of the 126th Boston Marathon. He was even given an official race bib to commemorate the occasion.

    Henry Richard, Whose Brother Tragically Died in the 2013 Bombings, Finishes the Boston Marathon

    In the 2013 bombings, Henry Richard lost his 8-year-old brother Martin.

    “I’ve watched mostly every year, sitting at the finish line,” he told The Boston Globe. “I am pleased to say I finally ran it.”

    Henry finished in 4:02:45, supporting the Martin Richard Foundation, which his family started after the tragedy to advance the values of inclusion, kindness, justice, and peace.

    Jacky-Hunt Broersma Checks Off Marathon Number 92 on Quest for 102 in 102 Days

    Ultrarunner Jacky-Hunt Broersma had her leg amputated in 2005 after doctors diagnosed her with ​​Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer. To raise funds for Amputee Blade Runners, she’s running 102 marathons in 102 days.

    The crowd propelled her through the Boston Marathon, her 92nd in a row: “Because we have our names on the front of our bibs, everyone was calling my name,” she said immediately after her 5:05:13 finish. “I felt like this rock star.”

    Adrianne Haslet Finishes the 2022 Boston Marathon With a Little Help From Shalane Flanagan

    In 2013, Adrianne Haslet was spectating the Boston Marathon before the bombing caused her to lose her leg. Since then, she came back to finish the race in 2016 and ran the BAA 5K in 2019 after a driver in a car hit her.

    This year, she ran in the para-athlete division, completing the course in 5:18:41 with the help of Shalane Flanagan.

    “She’s memorized my grunts at this point,” Haslet said in an interview with Runner’s World. “She knows my tells when I start to fatigue, and she can nip that in the bud and remind me, ‘Keep your head up, keep your wings out, and drive your knees.’”

    Celebrities and Notables Chase the Historic Finish Line

    Numerous celebrities, athletes, and notable runners celebrated the Boston Marathon’s return to Patriots’ Day. Included in the line up were The Bachelorette winner Zac Clark, former SEC kicker and soccer star Sarah Fuller, and NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth.

    Japanese Marathoner Mariko Nugeta Meets Her Hero, Joan Benoit Samuelson

    At 26 years old, Mariko Nugeta watched Joan Benoit Samuelson win the 1984 Olympic marathon. For almost four decades after, the Japanese runner kept that race in her mind, becoming the first woman over 60 to break 3 hours in the marathon with her 2:59:15 clocking in November 2019. She eventually went on to run 2:52:13 as a 62-year-old, which stands as the over-60 women’s world record.

    Nugeta flew to Boston to run the 126th race, but got more than she could ever hope for. She met Benoit Samuelson, her hero, the day before.

    “Shaking hands, I got some of her spirit,” Yugeta said. “So that’s really going to help me tomorrow.”

    Great-Granddaughter of Second Boston Marathon Champion Races on the 125th Anniversary of His Win

    In 1898, Canadian Ronald MacDonald—no relation to the fast-food chain mascot—won the second Boston Marathon in 2:42. Over 120 years later, his great-granddaughter Krista MacDonald is the first of her family to run the race since his win.

    “My great-grandfather has always inspired me to run,” the high school physical education and science teacher told Canadian Running.

    Krista is running for her sister, who was recently diagnosed with stage four neuroendocrine cancer, telling Canadian Running that “if she can fight cancer, I can run a marathon.”

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