Memorable Marathon Moments

Highlighting some of the most shocking, surprising and startling finishes (and moments) at city marathons.

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2:04:38: The fastest marathon time set in 2012 by Tsegay Kebede.
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2007 Chicago Marathon: Day of Record-Breaking Heat – Kenya's Patrick Ivuti edged past Jaouad Gharib of Morocco by 0.05 seconds with a time of 2:11:11 in scorching heat and high humidity, capping the closest finish in Chicago Marathon history. The unusually high October temperature also led officials to partially cancel the race, denying thousands from finishing. One runner died and more than 50 people were hospitalized for heat exhaustion. Click to see more memorable marathon moments.
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1960 Olympic Marathon: Bikila's Barefoot Race –Ethiopia's Bikila Abebe, center, won the Olympic Marathon, in Rome, Italy, Sept. 10, 1960. The athlete competed without shoes and finished in two hours, 15 minutes and 16 seconds.
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1977 to 2013 Boston Marathon: Team Hoyt – The father and son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt have been competing in the Boston Marathon since 1977. Dick Hoyt, pushes his developmentally-challenged son, Rick, in a modified wheelchair. The Hoyt family started a non-profit in 1989, The Hoyt Foundation, to encourage the inclusion of disabled young people in everyday life.
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1980 Boston Marathon: Rosie Ruiz' Fraudulent Finish – In 1980, Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon; however, she was later exposed as a fraud. (Canadian Jacqueline Gareau was named the actual winner of the women's race.)
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1981 New York Marathon: Alberto Salazar – Salazar's 2:08:13 finish was initially considered to be a world record for a marathon, but the record was later rescinded by USA Track & Field (then known as The Athletics Congress) when the course measured 150 meters short of the requirement. Salazar had beat his previous course record of 2:09:41 in 1980 by nearly a minute and a half.
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1984 Olympic Marathon: First Female Olympic Marathon Winner –Joan Benoit Samuelson, show here prior to the Boston Marathon in 2013, was the first women to win a marathon in the Olympics. In 1984, the race was first opened to women.
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1986 Inaugural Los Angeles Marathon: Two Americans Win – L.A.'s first-ever marathon March 9, 1986 drew the largest field (10,787 participants) ever for a first-time marathon held on U.S. soil. Both winners, Ric Sayre with a time of 2:12:59 and Nancy Ditz at 2:36:27, were American.
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1994 New York Marathon: "Wrong Way Silva" – German Silva of Mexico, left, made a wrong turn seven-tenths of a mile before the finish that put him 40 yards behind Benjamin Paredes, but stormed back to take the event by two seconds with a time of 2:11:21. He ran a 5:15 final mile, including the inadvertent detour, to beat Paredes.
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2005 New York Marathon: Paul Tergat – In the closest finish in New York City marathon history, Paul Tergat of Kenya out sprinted second place finisher Hendrick Ramaala of South Africathe to the finish line with a time of 2:09:30 on Nov. 6, 2005.
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2007 Olympic Marathon Trials: Ryan Shay's Death – During the 2007 Olympic Men's Marathon trials, distance runner Ryan Shay (center) collapsed five and a half miles into a marathon race. He was 28 when he died.
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2010 Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon: Michael Wardian – Wardian won his fourth Washington marathon with a time of 2:21:58 at the 2010 Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon March 21, 2010, slashing his 2008 victory time by more than three minutes. Since the Washington Marathon's inception in 2006, Wardian has won six of the eight races.
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2012 Chicago Marathon: Tsegaye Kebede – Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede, right, ran away with the course record with a time of 2:04:38 at the 2012 Chicago Marathon. Kebede shattered the previous course record of 2:05:39 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop in 2011.
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2013 Los Angeles Marathon: Aleksandra Duliba – Duliba won the women's race in her first marathon with a time of 2:26:08 at the Los Angeles Marathon in March. The 27-year-old from Belarus also set a Belarus national record with her time.
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2013 Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon: The Guided Finish – Photographer Simon Rakoff was about to photograph his wife crossing the finish line when he noticed a runner on the verge of collapsing less than 200 meters from the finish line. Runner Michael Stefanon (wearing green) saw Ryan Gregg struggle to the finish and helped Gregg across the finish line at the 2013 Washington Marathon March 19.
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2013 Boston Marathon: Tragedy Strikes Boston – The double bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon April 15, 2013 tragically killed three people and injured more than 250 people. The bombs exploded seconds apart near the marathon's finish line and were ruled an act of terrorism by President Barack Obama. The winner of the Boston Marathon, Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa, later returned his medal to Mayor Thomas Menino in honor of the victims.
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