As It Happened: 2015 Boston Marathon


Some Memorable Finishes

Kenya's Caroline Rotich reacts after winning the women's division of the Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Kenya’s Caroline Rotich reacts after winning the women’s division of the Boston Marathon. (Elise Amendola/AP)

While the weather wasn’t great, there were still some memorable finishes in today’s Boston Marathon: a neck-and-neck win in the women’s field for Caroline Rotich, and Lelisa Desisa , a sentimental favorite, taking the men’s medal. Listen below to the day’s highlights from WBUR’s Alex Ashlock:


Crowds Thinner This Year On Boylston

Vassi Maritsas, of Utah, is reflected in a puddle while running the Boston Marathon. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Vassi Maritsas, of Utah, runs by a puddle on Boylston Street. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

WBUR’s Asma Khalid spent most of the day in Copley Square, where she reports that while crowds were much thinner than last year, the raw weather and long security lines didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those who did show up. Listen to her full report below:


Medical Update: 1,310 Runners Treated

So far today, 1,310 runners have been treated in the medical tents and 36 have been transported to area hospitals.

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger spoke with Dr. Pierre d’Hemecourt, co-medical director of the Boston Marathon, who said hypothermia was the main issue today.

“I’ve never quite seen as many cold people come in at one time,” d’Hemecourt said. “It just goes to show, every year you show up here you see something different.”

Read her full report here.


Race Clocks Coming Down At Finish Line

(CBS Boston screenshot)

(CBS Boston screenshot)

The race clocks at the finish line are being taken down but, as you can see in the photo above, runners are still crossing the finish line.

CBS Boston’s finish line live stream is still up, and you can watch here.


Runners Still Streaming Across Finish Line

Runners are still streaming across the soggy finish line in Copley Square. Here’s a screenshot from CBS Boston’s finish line camera:

(Watch the finish line camera live here.)

Amelia Landberg finished the race earlier today and said the crowd would cheer louder every time the rain picked up.

“At times when it was hard raining and very hard wind, it was a little rough, but otherwise it was totally fine,” Landberg said.

Health officials say more than 300 runners have sought medical treatment along the route so far.


Photo: Ecstatic Runners Cross The Finish Line

Despite the cold, runners like Deborah Viana, pictured below, were ecstatic after crossing the finish line.

Despite the raw weather, Deborah Viana, of Brazil, was ecstatic after crossing the finish line. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

See more photos from along the course here.


Cheering On Dad In Coolidge Corner

Among the spectators at Coolidge Corner today was Chris Andersen, a 25-year-old Berklee College of Music student from Denmark. He’s run 13 marathons, but this year he was on the sidelines cheering on his dad.

“This is the first time for me to watch a marathon,” Andersen said. “It’s a half bizarre experience, but it’s fun.”

Usually Andersen is running right alongside his dad. The two have run “all the marathon majors,” he said, and his dad has run about 15 marathons total. The two have run Boston twice, but Anderson wasn’t able to qualify this year.

Instead, he was a vocal supporter of his dad’s today.

“It was great,” he said. “When you see your dad, you gotta give him your full support. I don’t even know if he could hear me or see me because he’s usually very focused when he runs.”

In addition to supporting his dad on a cold and rainy Marathon Monday, Andersen was also there to support a group of running friends who he met in 2012 at the New York Marathon. That race was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, so Andersen and other runners went to Staten Island instead to help out in some of the areas affected by the storm.

“Because we couldn’t run that year, there was something else we could do,” Andersen said. “It was life changing.”

The group reunited for the first time on Sunday and Anderson said he was happy to be able to see them run the Boston Marathon.

Before heading off to grab pizza — and escape the rain — with his roommate, Andersen received a text from his dad, who had finished in 3:49:13.

“It’s not his personal best, but I think he was all right with it,” he said.


Some Runners Treated For Hypothermia

State health officials say due to today’s raw conditions they’re treating more runners for hypothermia than in year’s past.

“That’s not something we’ve seen in the past couple of years because it’s been warmer,” Mary Clark, head of emergency preparedness for the state Department of Public Health, told WBUR’s newscast unit. “But with the weather today we will see some more folks with hypothermia than we would have normally expected.”

But officials say the overall the number of people seeking treatment is on par with previous years.


Thousands Stream Toward Finish

It’s still rainy and cold out there, but thousands of runners are streaming toward the finish, making that — as this Instagram mentions — “right on Hereford and left on Boylston.”


See more of your photos on our interactive map here.


Listen: The Wellesley ‘Scream Tunnel’

Women cheer for runners in front of Wellesley College in Wellesley. (Steven Senne/AP)

Women cheer for runners in front of Wellesley College in Wellesley. (Steven Senne/AP)

Our Zoe Sobel is out at Wellesley College, the loudest spot on the marathon route. She sent back about a minute of raw audio for our Newscast Unit. Just to give you a sampling of the cheers:

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