Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir captured the women’s pro division at the Boston Marathon Monday, in a dramatic duel down the stretch against Ethiopia’s Arabel Yeshaneh at the iconic race returned to its traditional April date for the first time since 2019.
The lead changed eight times in the final mile, with Jepchirchir pulling ahead for good on Boylston Street with approximately 400 yards to go. Jepchirchir’s time was the third fastest in Boston Marathon history.
“It means a lot to me to win Boston,” Jepchirchir said in a television interview following the trophy presentation. “I know there’s more victories to come.”
The 126th running of the Boston Marathon marked the event’s return to its spot on Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts state holiday, since the coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020, and a delay to early October in 2021.
The Hopkinton, Mass., starting line saw 30,000 participants for the oldest annual marathon in the world. The 26.2-mile course ends on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay, just down the road from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox will be taking on the Minnesota Twins in their traditional 11:10 a.m. game.
Read below for complete coverage and highlights from the race.