Boston Marathon 2012 Results: Runners Wise to Sit out During Intense Heat

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2012

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 16: Wesley Korir of Kenya, men's winner,  and Sharon Cherop of Kenya, female winner, of the 116th Boston Marathon, react on  the April 15, 2012  in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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According to organizers of the 2012 Boston Marathon, the hottest temperature of the race was 89 degrees in Framingham, Mass. at 12:30 p.m. Monday.

For April in Boston, that’s insanely hot.

While 22,500 racers decided to continue their pursuit of the Boston Marathon victory or completion, another 4,300 decided to save their ability to run next year in a cooler climate.

The Boston Athletics Association (BAA) was advising people that had anything physically wrong with them or where not experienced in the heat to sit this race out. It’s great that many people saw the writing on the wall early and made the smart move.

Overall, the people who organize the marathon each year should be proud of the job they did not only keeping those that chose to run safe, but allowing those who didn’t have a good feeling about the heat to pass on this year’s event.


What The Runners Are Saying

Thirty-eight-year-old runner Jason Warick of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan told ABC News talked about the heat:

It was brutal, just brutally hot. Around 15 miles the wheels just came off. Then it was just about getting home.

Thirty-five-year-old Desiree Ficker of Austin, Texas told ABCNews about the struggle from the runners:

I've never seen anything like (that). It was really hard seeing the confusion on people's faces.


Full Results

Top 5 Men's Results

1 Korir, Wesley 2:12:40 KEN
2 Matebo, Levy 2:13:06 KEN
3 Kipyego, Bernard 2:13:13 KEN
4 Hartmann, Jason 2:14:31 USA
5 Chebet, Wilson 2:14:56 KEN


Top 5 Women's Results

1 Cherop, Sharon 2:31:50 KEN
2 Sumgong, Jemima Jelagat 2:31:52 KEN
3 Rono, Georgina 2:33:09 KEN
4 Dado, Firehiwot 2:34:56 ETH
5 Sigei, Diana 2:35:40 KEN



For some people, they will only get one shot at doing the Boston Marathon in their life.The last thing the organizers want to do is force the runners to do something outside their comfort zone and put themselves in a position to fail.

The BAA wants marathoners to get to the peak of Everest, not fail on their way to the top.