I ran this year. My first Boston. I've previously run New York, Montreal, Myrtle beach to name a few. There was a tailwind. 20 mph is stretching it. I'd say the average wind speed was between 10 & 12 mph and it wasn't always at our backs. from time to to time it was a crosswind. In a few places, very briefly there was a slight headwind. I ran a very good time (for me-3:34:30, I'm 55) on a very, very tough course. There is nothing easy about Boston, tailwind or no tailwind.
My take on the world record is that it most definitely should be a world record!! It is a MARATHON. 26.2 miles. And while there are downhills (most of you know how much downhills punish your legs!) there are also lots of rolling hills early.. and of course the Newton Hills.
Not certifying this as a world record is like taking away Babe Ruth's home runs that he hit into the short porch at "The House that Ruth Built"! And I'm sure there were plenty of days that the wind was blowing out there too!!
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