1985 Boston Marathon

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89th Boston Marathon
Mayor Raymond L. Flynn running in 1985 Boston Marathon (9504751796).jpg
Competitors running in the marathon
Venue Boston, United States
DatesApril 15
Champions
Men Geoff Smith (2:14:05)
Women Lisa Rainsberger (2:34:06)
Wheelchair men George Murray (1:43:25)
Wheelchair women Candace Cable (2:05:26)
  1984
1986  

The 1985 Boston Marathon was the 89th running of the annual marathon race in Boston, United States, which was held on April 15. The elite men's race was won by Great Britain's Geoff Smith in a time of 2:14:05 hours and the women's race was won by American Lisa Rainsberger in 2:34:06. In the wheelchair race, George Murray of the United States won the men's race in 1:45:34 and Candace Cable of United States won the women's race in 2:05:26.

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A total of 3931 runners finished the race, 3472 men and 459 women.

The elite field was of a lower standard than usual, given the lack of prize money on offer and it being the year after an Olympics. The men's and women's winners were by far the favourites for their races, Smith particularly so after the refusal to admit Mark Plaatjes into the race, as part of the international sporting boycott of South Africa during the apartheid era. [1]

Results

Men

PositionAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Geoff Smith Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2:14:05
Silver medal icon.svg Gary Tuttle Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:19:11
Bronze medal icon.svg Mark Helgeson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:21:15
4 Lou Supino Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:21:19
5 Robert Doyle Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:21:31
6 Toru Mimura Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 2:23:35
7 Charles Hewes Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:23:35
8 Dan Dillon Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:23:50
9 Christopher Fletcher Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:24:29
10 Norman Blair Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:25:23
11 Randall Dyson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:25:36
12 Mark Amway Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:26:22
13 Wayne Jacob Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:26:59
14 Michael Slavin Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:26:59
15 Stephen Grygiel Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:04
16 Mark Lohman Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:11
17 Peter Kanfer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:12
18 John Zupanc Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:13
19 Joseph Worden Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:20
20 Edwin Hurlow Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:27:58
21 Michael Novelli Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:28:23
22 Bob Clifford Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:28:27
23 Patrick Corrigan Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:28:33
24 Kevin Retelle Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:28:36
25 Fred Schneck Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:28:39

Women

PositionAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Lisa Rainsberger Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:34:06
Silver medal icon.svg Lynne Huntington Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom 2:42:15
Bronze medal icon.svg Karen Dunn Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:42:27
4 Deborah Butterfield Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:43:47
5 Vickie Smith Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:46:33
6 Kathleen Northrop Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:46:43
7 Kimberly Moody Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:46:51
8 Mary Hynes Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:48:57
9 Elizabeth Bulman Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:50:16
10 Beth Dillinger Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:50:36
11 Patricia Hinson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:52:42
12 Susan Lupica Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:53:33
13 Caryle Andrew Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:53:35
14 Sherry Langlais Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:55:34
15 Betty Hite Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:55:38
16 Pauline Brown Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2:56:08
17 Sally Zimmer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:56:53
18 Nancy Munroe Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:58:19
19 Eileen Portz Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:58:33
20 Melinda Ireland Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:59:11
21 Lynne Walmer Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:59:44
22 Kirsten Gilbert Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:59:55
23 Elizabeth Brim Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3:00:51
24 Pamela Burke Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3:00:59
25 Doreen Mastalli Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3:01:14

Wheelchair men

PositionAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg George Murray Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:45:34
Silver medal icon.svg André Viger Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1:47:23
Bronze medal icon.svg Jim Knaub Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:48:44
4 Tom Foran Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:50:09
5 Paul Phelan Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:51:40
6 Ron Minor Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:54:23
7 Jim Martinson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:55:20
8 Jim Tennigkeit Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1:57:18
9 John Rodolph Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:01:18
10 Randy Snow Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:04:12

Wheelchair women

PositionAthleteNationalityTime
Gold medal icon.svg Candace Cable Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:05:26
Silver medal icon.svg Angela Leriti Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:21:11
Bronze medal icon.svg Amy Doofenbaker Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2:34:42

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References

  1. Cimons, Marlene (1985-04-16). Geoff Smith Wins Boston Marathon; Record Bid Fails . Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-07-26.