Fabulous races in Boston. 2:03:01 is an amazing time. Let's stop and praise JK for his quote of the day yesterday where he basically predicted a world's best in these conditions.
"A near-20 mph tailwind might chop three or four minutes off someone's finishing time. A sub-2:03:59 clocking wouldn't actually shock me. I'll tell you this - if Boston had rabbits and the field that is assembled for the 2011 London marathon was running with a time bonus on the line, I'd actually be a little surprised if someone didn't run the fastest marathon time ever recorded."
That JK is a genius alright. Before JK, no one has ever thought that a strong tailwind would help in a marathon. NO ONE.
18 miles per hour is 8.0 meters per second -- or 4 times what is allowable in a sprint race. FYI the winds were officially 19.6 mph throughout the race (gusts 27-31mph) from the West/WSW -- directly at their backs.
1983 16mps start 10-13 mph the rest of the way SSW directly at their backs. Greg Meyer ran 2:09.00. His second fastest marathon is 2:10:59.
1994 18-20mph gusts 26-33 mph WNW winds (quartering) Kempainen ran 2:08:47. His second fastest marathon is 2:12:45.
Todays conditions were truly a 'perfect storm'.