How Many Runners Were in the First Boston Marathon?

How Many Runners Were in the First Boston Marathon?

How Many Runners Were in the First Boston Marathon?

The first Boston Marathon was held on April 19, 1897 and included a field of 15 male runners who ran a 24.5-mile course. The winner, John J. McDermott, an American runner from New York, completed the course in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.

McDermott's winning time is almost an hour slower than the 2011 record set by Geoffrey Mutai, who completed the newer 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 03 minutes and 2 seconds. Interest in the Boston Marathon has grown significantly since its relatively miniscule first race. In 1996, 38,708 people entered the Boston Marathon, setting a world record for race size.