Yesterday, one of the most exciting distance races in the world kicked off after a poignent 30-second silence in remembrance of last week’s Boston Marathon tragedy. In the end, Tsegaye Kebede overcame Emmanuel Mutai to take his second London victory in 2:06:04.
The course, which circles the Thames River, is known for producing unpredictable results. From the beginning, the race set a standard for interesting finishes. The inaugural edition of the race in 1981 resulted in a tie when American Dick Beardsley and Norwegian Inge Simonsen both finished with a time of 2:11:48. Here is a look back at a marathon that is unique for both its scope and its stories. These are the Sneakers Worn by the Top 25 London Marathon Winners.