Chillag Checks In: Up Heartbreak Hill

Boston Marathon

Amby Burfoot thrills the crowd. Ian Chillag/NPR hide caption

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"Greetings, bpp, from the top of heartbreak! That was TOUGH."

That's Ian Chillag, folks, Tweeting from the top of Heartbreak Hill in the Boston Marathon. Chillag says Amby Burfoot, 1968 champion, served as Sherpa. They've got about five miles to go.

Meanwhile, Associated Press reports: Robert Cheruiyot won his fourth Boston Marathon on Monday, and Dire Tune outkicked Alevtina Biktimirova by 2 seconds in the closest finish in the history of the women's race.



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That dude's in his 60s? Holy crap. I gotta start running.

Sent by Maura | 1:47 PM | 4-21-2008

Ian, I joined Tweeter just to cheer you on. We're watching you from South Carolina--what an exciting day! Thanks, and keep on truckin' Dorothy

Sent by Dorothy | 2:18 PM | 4-21-2008

The women's race was absolutely thrilling to watch. Tune and Biktimirova were neck and neck for pretty much the entire last half of the race.

I felt kinda bad for Cheruiyot as a result, though: dude's like 90 seconds off the all-time course record, wins his fourth marathon, and nobody cares because we're all wrapped up in the women's duel. That's gotta suck.

Sent by Stewart | 3:01 PM | 4-21-2008

Congrats, Ian!

Sent by Steve Petersen | 3:17 PM | 4-21-2008