"Records set in men's, women's wheelchair races in Boston Marathon"
Course records were set in the men's and women's wheelchair races Monday in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, won the men's wheelchair race, narrowly edging out 10-time winner Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa, finishing in 1:18:02. The course record was also shattered in the women's race, with Manuela Schar, of Switzerland, winning in a time of 1:28:17. The course starts on Main Street in Hopkinton, where it has been run every year since 1924. The elite women started the race at 9:32 a.m., followed by the elite men at 10 a.m. Parts of Boston were closed early Monday morning because of the marathon. Streets around the Boston Common shut down at 5 a.m., and those closures expanded before the start of the race. Thousands of people gathered Sunday night at Boston's City Hall for the annual pre-race pasta dinner, loading up on mountains of pasta, rolls and salad so they would have enough carbs to get them through the day. Police said there have been no specific threats against the marathon, but they are stepping up safety measures. There will be trucks and heavy equipment along the end of the race route, aimed at preventing truck attack such as those recently seen in Europe.
^ It's always nice to hear that records have been broken and when they are done by the disabled athletes and is even better since they have to work even harder than anyone else. ^