The 115th Boston Marathon

20 Apr

The Boston Marathon was yesterday. The weather was great and world records were made. But the race wasn’t ideal for everyone.

This year, out of the 24338 runners only 23879 finished the race.
Kim Smith of New Zealand was one of those runners.

Kim led the race for 18 miles, holding a 30 second lead on the female runners for more than half of the race.

But suddenly she experienced a sudden cramp/pain in her right leg and began to stumble. She fell slowly behind and eventually dropped out of the race.

Click image to watch the unfortunate incident

Injuries are very common during and after marathons. Foot blisters, tendinitis, inflammation and wear and tear on tendons in the knee and hip, are all normal injuries associated with distance running.

If they can’t be avoided it is important to treat them properly. Although it may be painful, it is recommended that runners not ignore their symptoms and rest, like Smith, so as not to worsen the injury. After all, long term health is more important than finishing a race.

Here is some information on FREE post-marathon injury clinics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

April 19 and 26, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Department of Rehabilitation Services

“Athletes should consider coming if they have any pain, swelling or are suffering from blisters, cuts, abrasions and lacerations or from a fall while competing. Also, if an athlete feels ill or has excessive fatigue, they could have symptoms of dehydration and should be treated appropriately.”

Walk-ins are welcome.

Highlights from the Marathon

  • Goeffrey Mutai of Kenya 2:03:02, finishes in record time. (Unfortunately, because the Boston Marathon is not a certified course and there was a 14 mph tail wind, this new world record does not qualify as a world record)
  • Ryan Hall 2:04:58,  the fastest time ever by an American, placed 4th
  • Desiree Davila 2:22:38, the fastest time by an American ever on this course, making her the third-fastest American woman in history, placed 2nd
  • Caroline Kilel of Kenya 2:22:36, placed 1st in women’s division
  • Wakako Tsuchida of Japan 1:34:06, women’s wheelchair winner for the fifth time and breaking the women’s wheelchair world record.
  • Nine time men’s wheelchair race winner Ernst Van Dyke lost to Japanese athlete, Masazumi Soejima 1:18:50.
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