Wake up people, we’re talking about the fastest Boston Marathon race that’s ever been run on the men’s side. If the Boston Marathon wasn’t a net downhill course with a point-to-point format, this race would have served as the world record and American Record at the time, but you know, technicalities.
The 115th Boston Marathon was won in 2:03:02. Yeah, in case you didn’t watch or you were living under your bed that year, it was CRAZY FAST. Geoffrey Mutai and Moses Mosop battled to the line, for a sprint finish down Boylston Street. Mutai came out on top by just four seconds. Boston isn’t typically thought of as the fastest course in the world, but with ideal weather conditions of temperatures in the high 40’s/low 50’s and a slight tailwind out of the west, the stars aligned to make 2011 an unforgettable year.
It wasn’t just fast for the top two men in the field. Before he was focused on building muscle mass, Ryan Hall was once America’s marathoning golden boy. He finished 4th in 2:04:58. Hall lead most of the race until he fell back in the later stages. The performance matched his place from 2010. His marathon time in 2011 was 40 seconds faster than Khalid Khannouchi’s American record. Boston’s course is not record eligible and so it unfortunately doesn’t count as the American record.
Check out the race video above, feel the chills from seeing Ryan Hall look so dominant and get pumped for this years race in a few days.