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Boston '98

Welcome to our scrapbook of the 1998 Boston Marathon Weekend!

When you come to Boston for the marathon, you may find that the Expo held the Saturday and Sunday before the race can be as fascinating as the race itself.

Many of running's greatest names appear at the Expo, it's a opportunity to say hello or to get an autograph or picture...

Two of the most popular runners that appear each year are Bill Rodgers (Four time Boston winner) and Grete Waitz. (Nine time NYC Marathon winner)

The lines for Bill tend to be long and winding...Bill likes to talk with everyone in line, a big reason why he's been a fan favorite all these years.

Running gag Gary Fanelli (former 2:14 marathoner) portrayed a mannequin at the Brooks booth. He managed to fool many people...Except one small boy who stomped on Gary's foot until he broke his pose.

Other runners appearing at the Expo were Frank Shorter, Uta Pippig, Moses Tanui and Cosmas Ndeti.


The 102nd Boston Marathon
Patriots Day, Monday, April 20, 1998

At the 10 K mark personalized water bottles wait for the elite runners. Each bottle contains a unique concoction.

Mary-Lynn Currier's bottle, labeled F42 would help her on way to running 2:35:18, as she became the first American woman finisher.

Franz Nietlispach of Switzerland powered his way to his third win in four years with a time of 1:21:52.

He missed the course record by 29 seconds.

Louise Sauvage and Jean Driscoll battled wheel to wheel the entire the race, leading to the greatest finish in Boston Marathon history. Sauvage nipped seven-time winner Driscoll at the finish line for her second consecutive victory.

Both were timed in 1:41:19

Sauvage and Driscoll at the 10K mark.

The lead pack cruises by in Framingham....

At this point (10K) the lead was being shared by (front to back) Philip Taurus (Kenya), John Kagwe (Kenya) and Bib #21. (Anyone know who he is? He DNF'd.)

Their 10K split was 29:22 (4:44 per mile pace)
That's 39 seconds slow of Simon Karori's 1992 record.

While the young, up and coming runners traded the lead, veteran and 1996 Boston champ Moses Tanui (Kenya) bided his time a short distance back.

Tanui would out sprint countryman Joseph Chebet in the homestretch for his second Boston win. His time was 2:07:34.

1997 Boston Champion and 1996 Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist Fatuma Roba (Ethiopia) dominated the women's race. Here (at 10K) she narrowly avoids getting tripped by another runner.

Roba's 10K split was 33:29.
(5:24 per mile pace)

That's 1:29 slow of Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1983 record.

Fatuma Roba repeats her 1997 Boston victory, shaving over 3 minutes off last year's time, to finish in 2:23:21.

Renata Paradowska (Poland)
finished 2nd, running 2:27:17

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1998 Official Results

Men   Women  
Moses Tanui, Kenya ($80,000) 2:07:34 Fatuma Roba, Ethiopia ($80,000) 2:23:21
Joseph Chebet, Kenya ($40,000) 2:07:37 Renata Paradowska, Poland ($40,000) 2:27:17
Gert Thys, South Africa ($22,500) 2:07:52 Anuta Catuna, Romania ($22,500) 2:27:34


Men - Wheelchairs   Women - Wheelchairs  
Franz Nietlispach, Switzerland ($10,000) 1:21:52 Louise Sauvage, Australia ($10,000) 1:41:19
Krige Dchabort, South Africa($5,000) 2:07:37 Jean Driscoll, Illinois ($5,000) 1:41:19

Saul Mendoza, Mexico ($2,500)

2:07:52 Monica Wetterstrom, Sweden ($2,500) 1:44:17

1998 Boston Marathon Poster       

1997 Boston Marathon Scrapbook

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