The 2011 Boston Marathon will go down in history, officially or not, as the fastest marathon race ever run.
Personal, American and World Records were shattered this morning, as a significant tailwind throughout most stretches of the race fostered an ideal environment for records to be broken.
Most impressive was Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai's 2:03:02 performance, smashing the world record by almost a minute (2:03:59) and record the fastest Boston Marathon time ever by almost 2 minutes. Mutai and the rest of the pack (primarily Kenyans and Ethiopians) came through the half in just under 1:02. Even more impressive was Mutai's closing half, an astonishing 1:01:06!
The first half's record pace can be attributed mostly to the fearless tactics of American Ryan Hall. He stormed to the lead early and looked like the man to be beat up front until roughly halfway. However, a huge chase pack of 10 Kenyans and Ethiopians worked together to reel Hall in and regain contro after the halfway point. Hall looked to drop off the pace considerably, but in fact, he was still actually running on huge PR and Boston record pace.