For the first time in 31 years, an American wins the Boston Marathon



Audra Schroeder

Internet Culture

Published Apr 21, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 10:56 am CDT

The 2014 Boston Marathon took place today, and on Twitter, many runners, supporters, and spectators kept track. Last week, the #BostonStrong hashtag marked the anniversary of the bombings, and today, that same spirit endures.

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The #BostonMarathon hashtag offered some unique insight into the world of marathon running: Endurance, stamina, and mental willpower all factor in, which makes this year’s marathon, and the stories of survival, even more poignant. Last week, bombing survivor Marc Fucarile was married at Fenway Park. This year’s marathon also marks the last for inspirational father-son duo Team Hoyt

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Today, Meb Keflezighi became the first American to win the marathon in 31 years. Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race. 

At almost 39 years old, @runmeb becomes the first American to win the #BostonMarathon since 1983. Unreal.

— Dave Mahmarian (@dmahmarian) April 21, 2014

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Meb overcome with emotion #WBZ #bostonmarathon

— Paula Ebben (@PaulaEbbenWBZ) April 21, 2014

PHOTO: Rita Jeptoo of Kenya became a 3-time winner of the Boston Marathon when she won today

— Boston Globe Sports (@BGlobeSports) April 21, 2014

Hopkinton #BostonMarathon start line #strongereveryrun

— Sarah Reinertsen (@AlwaysTri) April 21, 2014

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#Arbladerunners have made it to the race tent of the #BostonMarathon. They looked pumped and ready to go. #Arnews

— Kevin Kelly (@kkelly16) April 21, 2014

Wheelchair marathoner wins Boston on her birthday #BostonStrong

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 21, 2014

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What a feeling! #wbz #bostonmarathon

— Paula Ebben (@PaulaEbbenWBZ) April 21, 2014

I’d sure as hell sprint. #BostonStrong

— Brendan C. Hall (@BHallESPN) April 21, 2014

Photo via Philip Bump/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 21, 2014, 3:13 pm CDT