Boston Marathon 2012 by the Numbers

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OK, here it is again. For whatever it is worth, this is what my goal time of 3:32:11 fares compared to all fellow finishers who worked hard last Monday in Boston. If you don’t care about my stuff, I have general stats below my stats, so feel free to skip to it. I found something that supports the common reputation about men.

For the obvious reason, less people finished the race on Monday, except for Japanese citizens and potentially Californians, the second largest US contingent after Massachusetts (I don’t have 2011 numbers for California entrants). As for the Japanese, it is understandable this year saw more finishers, or entrants for that matter, because the disaster of March 11 Tsunami had prevented many entrants from traveling to Boston last year. Also, it appears my placements is worse across the board this year 🙁 I guess I could blame it to the cool weather here that rarely goes above 80F. And when it does, I ain’t runnin’ =)

2012 2011
Overall 3,342 / 21,606 3,310 / 23,879
Gender 2,868 / 12,615 3,016 / 13,806
Division 339 / 3,692 324 / 4,147
Gender & Division 340 / 2,251 314 / 2,556
California Overall 239 / 1,590 217 / ?
California Division 36 / 306 24 / 266
San Francisco Overall 26 / 104 29 / 135
San Francisco Division 1 / 4 1 / 13
Japan Overall 39 / 185 17 / 117
Japan Division 6 / 38 3 / 20

Below is my split times from past three years. 2010 being the first year, 2011 having had the favorable wind and weather, and 2012 being the hottest of the three, I don’t think I can really make of anything from this table.

5k 10k 15k 20k Half 25k 30k 35k 40k End
2012 0:22:49 0:45:59 1:09:53 1:34:40 1:40:05 1:59:59 2:26:09 2:53:58 3:20:50 3:32:11
2011 0:22:56 0:45:21 1:07:42 1:30:12 1:35:07 1:52:48 2:15:37 2:38:45 3:01:32 3:11:48
2010 0:22:04 0:44:28 1:06:25 1:28:16 1:33:00 1:50:31 2:14:15 2:41:20 3:08:31 3:18:54

2012 Finishers and Starters
Below is data from B.A.A. showing the number and percentage of overall finishers and starters by gender. Considering the extreme running conditions, it is impressive that over 96% of those who started finished the race. Last year, it was 98.1%. Also, it is interesting that higher % of female starters finished the race than male, while higher % of male entrants started the race than female. What does this mean, if anything? One thing certain backed by a scientific fact is that male sweat 30% more than women of the same weight, so they were higher % of male starters who did not finish due to dehydration on Monday. About the % of entrants who started, is it fair to say, without making any judgement, men are more reckless and women are more risk averse than the respective counterpart? Or, men are more confident, if you had to put a positive spin? I don’t know. Maybe just another data points or anecdotal examples to support the popular belief that men are more stupid and weak.

Runners Entered Started Finished % Finished/Started % Started/Entered
Overall 26,656 22,480 21,606 96.1% 84.3%
Male 15,504 13,173 12,615 95.8% 85.0%
Female 11,152 9,307 8,991 96.6% 83.5%

The same is found true in most of the age groups.

2012 boston marathon starters

 

 

2012 boston marathon finishers

OK, that’s it. Boston’s come and gone. After some days of rest, I am starting the track season for the summer. Some track meets are coming up and looking forward to doing some different type of running. I am still running Jubilee Marathon Stockholm in July, but I won’t be racing there. I will be more like runners with a camera taking pictures of everything. I hope it won’t be too hot, though!

2 Comments
  • jrumple
    April 22, 2012

    Runners 80+ years? Man that’s cool!

    • Koji Kawano
      April 22, 2012

      I know, right? 2 male and 1 female over 80 years old. They all completed the race!!

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