Interesting Strava Runner Data From The 2015 Boston Marathon

The median finish time of the 1,556 runners who tracked their race data on Strava was 3:15:20. On average, they also ran pretty fast down the homestretch on Boylston Street. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Here is some interesting data captured by Boston Marathon runners who tracked their race splits on Strava’s run-tracking app and website.

Overall Race Statistics

(from the Boston Athletic Association)

  • Registered runners: 30,251
  • Started: 27,165
  • Finished: 26,610 (14,588 Male, 12,022 Female)
  • Median finish time: 3:39:41 (8:23/mile)

Strava Statistics

  • Runners who joined Strava’s Boston Marathon race page before the race: 728
  • Uploaded activity: 1,556 (1,099 male, 397 female, 60 Unknown)
  • Percentage of finishers who uploaded data to Strava: 5.8 percent
  • Median Strava finish time:  3:15:20 (7:27/mile)
  • Median male finisher time: 3:08:43 (7:12/mile)
  • Median female finisher time: 3:33:07 (8:08/mile)
  • Percentage of Strava runners in top 50 percent of the field: 78.0 percent
  • Strava Upload Country Breakdown
    • Countries represented: 42
    • Top 5 countries: U.S. 1,285, Canada 129, UK 30, Australia 18, Netherlands 11
  • Top Strava Runners

Newton Hills/Heartbreak Hill Times

  • The average mile pace of Strava runners through the 4.8-mile section that includes the four Newton hills was 7:56.
  • Newton Hills Strava Data
  • On the 1/2-mile, 3 percent climb up Heartbreak Hill just past the 20-mile mark, the average time among Strava runners was 4:44 (8:43/mile pace)
  • The fastest time among Strava runners was notched by Alex Varner, who completed the segment in 3:07 during the race (5:51/mile pace). That’s the fourth-fastest time recorded on Strava, with Brian Harvey’s training run time of 3:03 on March, 3, 2013 leading the way.
  • Alex Varner, 29, San Rafael, Calif., 2:28:14, 59th overall (men) — Varner’s Strava Data
  • Sage Canaday notched the 9th all-time segment time, in 3:11 (5:53/mile pace), in the midst of an effort to qualify for the Olympic Trials, which he missed by a little more than a minute. — Canaday’s Strava Data
  • The fastest-known female on Heartbreak Hill was Lissa Zimmer, who completed the segment in 3:36 (6:39/mile pace). That’s the second-fastest women’s time on that segment, trailing only Elizabeth Ryan’s 3:31 effort on Jan. 11 of this year.
  • Of the more than 1,300 racers who uploaded their race data to Strava, mile 21—which contains Heartbreak Hill, the fourth of the Newton hills—was on average their slowest. Interestingly, none of the top 10 fastest men and women on Heartbreak Hill finished in the top 10 overall.
  • The average mile pace of Strava runners over the 5.6-mile section from the top of Heartbreak Hill to the finish line on Boylston Street was 7:49. — Heartbreak Hill to Finish Strava Data

 

RELATED: 2015 Boston Marathon Statistical Analysis

Other Strava Pacing Info

    • The fastest mile of the race included the big downhill at mile mile 3-4; on average runners on Strava ran 7:11.
    • The slowest mile was mile 20-21, which contains Heartbreak Hill, at 8:21.
    • The last mile effect: Despite mile 24 to 25 being the second-slowest mile segment in this year’s Boston Marathon, runners were able to dig deep and speed up for the historic mile 25 to 26, going from 8:07 pace to 7:59. Plus, the final 0.2 miles for Strave runners was covered even faster—at 7:20/mile pace.

Mile-by-Mile Average Pace

Mile 1 – 7:35
Mile 2 – 7:20
Mile 3 – 7:15
Mile 4 – 7:11
Mile 5 – 7:24
Mile 6 – 7:13
Mile 7 – 7:16
Mile 8 – 7:23
Mile 9 – 7:21
Mile 10 – 7:23
Mile 11 – 7:28
Mile 12 – 7:23
Mile 13 – 7:25
Mile 14 – 7:29
Mile 15 – 7:36
Mile 16 – 7:19
Mile 17 – 7:48
Mile 18 – 7:50
Mile 19 – 7:40
Mile 20 – 7:58
Mile 21 – 8:21
Mile 22 – 7:39
Mile 23 – 7:53
Mile 24 – 7:53
Mile 25 – 8:07
Mile 26 – 7:59
Final 0.2 mile – 7:20/mile pace

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