BOSTON — Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia took the title in the 117th edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday, winning a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds In his second race at the 26.2-mile distance, Desisa finished five seconds ahead of Kenya's Micah Kogo to earn $150,000 and the traditional olive wreath. Gebregziabher Gebremariam of Ethiopia was third, with American Jason Hartmann matching his 2012 finish by coming in fourth. Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women's race earlier for her second Boston victory. Jeptoo, who also won in 2006, finished in 2:26:25 for her first victory in a major race since taking two years off after having a baby.
About two hours after Desisa crossed the finish line, two bombs went off near the finish line — killing at least three people and injuring more than 140. About 23,000 runners took part in the race and more than 17,000 had finished when the bombs went off.
Race organizers issued a statement that read in part:
"The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by today's events. "Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance. "We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area."
Joseph Gray of Renton finished 17th in 2:18:45. Uli Steidl, a nine-time winner of the Seattle Marathon, was 29th in 2:22:05. According to the marathon's official website, other men with Washington hometowns among the top 100 finishers were Michael Bresson of Spokane (63rd among men in 2:28:30), Sean Sundwall of Snoqualmie (72nd in 2:29:32) and Josh Klimek of Lacey (75th in 2:29:55).
Kristen Carter, a Bellingham runner who won the Seattle Marathon in November, was 34th among women Monday at 2:47:38. Amber Morrison of Bellingham was 45th among women in 2:49:58. Milah Frownfelter of Seattle was 83rd in 2:56:30. After a series of close finishes in the women's race — five consecutive years with three or fewer seconds separating the top two — Jeptoo had a relatively comfortable 33-second lead over runner-up Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia, with defending champion Sharon Cherop of Kenya another three seconds back. Shalane Flanagan of Portland was fourth. Source ( AP)