Final Results for 112th Boston Marathon: Adjudicated and Published

07/01/2008 - 20:38

July 1, 2008 from press release (Boston, MA) The 2008 Boston Marathon Official Racers' Record Book ­ containing the complete and final, official results of the 112th Boston Marathon along with Official Finishers' Certificates, have been mailed to all 2008 participants, beginning last week. Following a thorough adjudication of the 2008 results, 18 individuals were removed from the results. With 21,948 official finishers , 2008 now ranks as the second-largest Boston Marathon in history, trailing only the 100th running in 1996 when 35,868 individuals finished the race.

According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which performs testing on prize money award winners, no positive drug tests resulted at the 2008 Boston Marathon.

The Boston Athletic Association and principal sponsor John Hancock Financial increased the prize money purse this year by 38% to $796,000 (from $575,000) ­ the largest in the history of the race. Prize money is awarded to the top open division finishers, as well as the top masters and push rim wheelchair division finishers. The men's and women's open division victors both have received $150,000.

Registration for the 113th Boston Marathon, on April 20, 2009, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday, September 3, on The field will be limited to the first 25,000 entrants for the second year in a row. The current qualifying times will remain in effect. In 2008, the field filled, and registration was closed, by late February.

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.'s Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services.

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