Ok the lead pack at 25k is down to 9 and here is why.
That surge just 4 minutes before the 25km mark must have been fast.
As that 5k was 15:25 (previous one 15:54). Now the last mile though was 5;07.
Here are the leading 5km splits
Half - 66:10
15:25 (78:07 - 2:11:50 pace)
Half - 1:17:09
17:49 (1:48:51 - 2:33:05 pace)
Probably Ivy League students?
Letsrun studs may scoff at Randall, but he's actually an accomplished runner and athlete. Won the 2010 Pikes Peak ascent in 2:09, top 5 in a couple of USA 50K xc championsips, former New England 10000 m champ while at Dartmouth. But a 2:20 marathoner going out at 2:11 pace on a hot day, that is a bit over the top.
Not saying don't build up a fan base, but you have to recognize that people, even most fit people who run, don't care much about the five Africans now in the lead pack. They might stand on the road and cheer as they go by and shake their heads in amazement, but they are REALLY there for hours to watch the inspiring pageant of real people trying to run four or six hour marathons. And maybe catch a glimpse of the the guy juggling, and the woman in face paint, and so on ...
that's what's wrong with american distance running these days. no one needs the money so they don't get out there and try to win. they get paid from other things in other ways. not enough motivation.
Temps you see from weather reporting stations are all temps taken in the shade. In direct sun and on asphalt, the temps will be 3-6 deg higher. Only good news is that it is relatively dry and the temps will fall as people get closer to downtown and get some cooling from the ocean (Logan airport is on the harbor and is 10+ cooler).
Women's lead pack was 5
of defending champ Caroline Kilel, NYC Champ Firehiwot Dado, Sharon Cherop 3rd last year, Jemima Sumgong and Georginia Rono.
Now Kilel has been dropped. She was struggling after the water pit fiasco.