Posted by: Joe English | April 18, 2009

Races — Hall and Goucher look for wins at Boston Marathon

BOSTON – The B.A.A. Boston Marathon has seen a great deal of running history in 113 years and Monday’s race will no doubt see more. The top U.S. entries, Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) and Kara Goucher (Portland, Ore.) have already made marathon history of their own but will look to add to their list of accomplishments as they make their bids to be the first American man or woman to win the famed race from Hopkinton to Boston since 1985 when Lisa Larsen Weidenbach took the women’s title. Greg Meyer was the last American man to win in 1983.

Following in the footsteps of legends such as Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson, Hall and Goucher have already created some of their own marathon history. With only five total marathons between them, both started their marathon careers by turning in the fastest debut marathon ever by an American man or woman.

From there Hall ran an Olympic Trials Marathon record in only his second attempt and then went on to run the second fastest time ever (2:06:17) for an American at last year’s Flora London Marathon.

Though Boston will be only her second run at the distance, Goucher’s marathon debut at last fall’s ING New York City Marathon got the world’s attention as she ran a remarkable 2:25:53 to become the first U.S. women to finish in the top-three at New York in 14 years.

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