Today in Boston by Ethan Underhill: 4/21 — The Marathon 🏅

It’s Sunday and it’s a holiday weekend, so here’s a nice lil’ @BostonMarathon grab-bag for all you chowdah heads.

4/21/1969: Between the first one in 1897 and 1968, the Boston Marathon is held on Patriots’ Day, April 19, which commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord. But in 1969, Beacon Hill moves the holiday to the third Monday in April, which makes that year the first time the marathon ever occurs on April 21.
4/21/1975: In a homemade shirt that @dirtyoldboston should seriously consider remaking, the legendary Bill Rodgers wins his first of 4 Boston titles. With the Berlin Wall very much still a thing, West Germany’s Liane Winter sets a new women’s world best. This one also makes Bob Hall the first officially recognized entrant to finish the course in a wheelchair.

4/21/1980: 26-year-old Rosie Ruiz wins the women’s division and sets the third-fastest marathon time in history for a woman… until 8 days later when she’s stripped of the titles after officials figure out that she jumped into the race about a mile before the finish line. Jacqueline Gareau of Canada rightfully claims the title instead.

4/21/1986@JohnHancockUSA provides a sizable donation and allows the Boston Athletic Association to award prize money for the first time. Male winner Robert de Castella of Australia earns $60,000 and a @MercedesBenz, and female winner Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway gets $39,000 and a Mercedes-Benz. And they say there’s a gender wage gap!

4/21/1997: Ethiopia’s Fatuma Roba becomes the first African woman to win the Boston Marathon. But she’s already the first African woman to win a gold medal in the women's Olympic marathon race at the ‘96 Summer @Olympics!

4/21/2014: A year after the devastating bombings and two weeks before his 39th birthday, Meb Keflezighi becomes the oldest winner of the Boston Marathon since at least 1930. He’s the first American man to win the race since 1983 — and he remains the only man to win the New York and Boston marathons!

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