The Boston Marathon, by the Numbers

By | April 21, 2019

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The 123rd running of the Boston Marathon has come and gone. If you ran it on Monday, I hope your legs are working again, and that if you got a sunburn you’ve mostly recovered — it was a hot day in Beantown.

You can read a wrap up of the pro race here. I’ve pulled out some of the more interesting statistics from the rest of the day, many of them provided by the Boston Athletic Association.

120,000: Safety pins given to runners

26,737: Boston Marathon finishers

848: Port-o-potties at the start of the race

642: Port-o-potties along the course and in the finish area

77: Runners transported to area hospitals

69: Degrees at 11 a.m. That may not sound hot, but it was also humid, and a lot of people trained for this race through cold weather, which amplified heat impacts. Dan Hirschman, whom I wrote about on April 6, struggled. He started cramping at mile 14, which he attributes to the heat and maybe that he didn’t take in enough salt and electrolytes because he didn’t anticipate that kind of humidity (he did say that the “whole weekend was amazing!” though).

60: Wheelchair athlete finishers

40: Years ago that Joan Benoit Samuelson won the women’s race in the Boston Marathon. Now 61, she ran the marathon in three hours, four minutes on Monday, wearing a Bowdoin tank as she had in 1979, with bib number 1979. She won her age group.

11: Elite athletes treated for medical issues during the race

2: Seconds that separated first- and second-place finishers Lawrence Cherono and Lelisa Desisa in the men’s race

1: Number of New York City Marathon entries given to Micah Herndon, a veteran who crawled to the finish line because of leg cramps. He ran to honor the memories of three men he knew while he served as a Marine in Afghanistan, and had metal tags with their names laced into his shoes.

Well