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The Boston Marathon Quiz
by Staff
If you want to gorge on lobster and clam chowder, first you have to earn it. How much do you know about the prestigious Boston Marathon?

What year was the Boston Marathon first held?

  • 1897
  • 1912
  • 1946

In 1897, what was the winner's finishing time?

  • 2 hours and 55 minutes
  • 3 hours and 12 minutes
  • 3 hours and 18 minutes

What was the distance of the first Boston Marathon?

  • 24.8 miles (39.9 kilometers)
  • 26.2 miles
  • 26.9 miles

In what year was the race lengthened to the Olympic standard of 26.2 miles?

  • 1924
  • 1910
  • 1908

What year did a woman first run the Boston Marathon?

  • 1948
  • 1966
  • 1981

On average, how many people participate in the marathon each year?

  • about 20,000
  • about 30,000
  • about 40,000

In what year did the race's winner first break the two hours, 30 minutes mark?

  • 1921
  • 1908
  • 1901

What happened to Kathrine Switzer, who ran the race in 1967 in spite of the official ban on women participants?

  • A race official tried to physically stop her.
  • She was mobbed by autograph seekers.
  • No one noticed because 20 other women were running, too.

How did Jock Semple ultimately respond to women who wanted to run the race?

  • He threatened to cancel the race.
  • He resigned his position in opposition.
  • He became a huge supporter.

True or false: The Boston Marathon is New England's biggest spectator athletic event.

  • true
  • false

What nationality was the man who first broke the two hours, 15 minutes mark at the marathon?

  • Kenyan
  • Ethiopian
  • Finnish

In what year did an African first win the event?

  • 1972
  • 1988
  • 2000

Since 1991, how many non-Africans have won the Boston Marathon?

  • two
  • five
  • seven

What is the course record?

  • 2:04:19
  • 2:04:33
  • 2:03:02

What was Mutai's per-mile pace at the 2011 Boston Marathon?

  • 4 minutes 41 seconds
  • 5 minutes 2 seconds
  • 5 minutes 8 seconds

American Meb Keflezighi won the race in 2014. He was the first American to win the race since what year?

  • 2002
  • 1997
  • 1983

What's the median finishing time for the marathon?

  • 3 hours and 44 minutes
  • 4 hours and 2 minutes
  • 4 hours and 8 minutes

How many Finnish men have won the race?

  • one
  • four
  • seven

What's the nickname for the segment of the course that passes by Wellesley College?

  • Horror Street
  • Scream Tunnel
  • Heartbreak Hill

How many feet does Heartbreak Hill rise?

  • 88 feet (27 meters)
  • 129 feet
  • 209 feet

How many runners have died as they attempted to run the Boston Marathon?

  • 13
  • eight
  • three

How many Russians have won the race?

  • zero
  • four
  • eight

What's the minimum age for participants?

  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old
  • 18 years old

What other Boston sporting event always takes place on marathon day?

  • Red Sox baseball game
  • Celtics basketball game
  • Patriots football game

What's the record time set by a wheelchair participant?

  • one hour and 40 minutes
  • one hour and 32 minutes
  • one hour and 18 minutes

Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to finish the race. How long did it take her to cross the finish line?

  • three hours and 50 minutes
  • four hours and two minutes
  • three hours and 21 minutes

How do race organizers respond to "bandits," unofficial runners who jump into the race without registering?

  • not much
  • pull them off the course
  • ban them for life

How many times did John A. Kelley finish the Boston Marathon?

  • 32
  • 41
  • 58

How many times did John A. Kelley finish second at the marathon?

  • four
  • five
  • seven

As of 2017, what's the qualifying time for men who want to run the race?

  • three hours and five minutes
  • two hours and 55 minutes
  • three hours and 10 minutes