Toronto Physician Dr. Jean Marmoreo Sets Boston Marathon Record

Dr. Jean Marmoreo, 71, of Toronto, holding her four-month-old granddaughter, after placing first among women aged 70-74 in today's Boston Marathon Dr. Marmoreo set a record by "winning her age group" for the 5th time at the 118-year-old event. She crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds. (CNW Group/Dr. Jean Marmoreo)

BOSTON, April 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. Jean Marmoreo, 71, of Toronto, placed first among women age 70-74 in today's Boston Marathon. No other runner, male or female, has "won their age group" five times in the 118 year history of the storied Boston Marathon. She crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds.

Dr. Marmoreo's finish today adds to her series of age group wins beginning in Boston in 2009, then again in 2010 and 2011, all in the Women's 65-69 category. In 2012, she ran the Berlin Marathon instead and placed first in the 65-69 category. Then in 2013, she returned to Boston and finished first in the new category of 70-74.

In previous years, Dr. Marmoreo also placed first in her age group in the Ottawa, Chicago and Marine Corps (Washington, D.C.) marathons. Last year, she set a Canadian record for women 70-74 at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and earlier this month, she set another Canadian record for the same age group at the 121st running of the Around the Bay Race in Hamilton, the oldest foot race in North America.

Dr. Marmoreo, a Toronto family physician, is the co-founder of JeansMarines, the women's marathon group that ran from 2002 to 2008. See http://drjean.info/about-dr-jean/

Said Kathrine Switzer, famed women's pioneer, marathoner and sports broadcaster: "Jean Marmoreo is an inspiration to women everywhere - and especially women in mid-life and beyond. She's showing us all that it's never too late to be an athlete. I've watched her running career over the years and can tell you that, unlike most of us, she seems to get faster as she gets older. Her times in Boston and her performance in the other major marathons make up a remarkable record of achievement."

Said Jean Marmoreo: "I believe!" 

Dr. Marmoreo is available for interviews today from Boston from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and in Toronto after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd.

SOURCE Dr. Jean Marmoreo

Image with caption: "Dr. Jean Marmoreo, 71, of Toronto, holding her four-month-old granddaughter, after placing first among women aged 70-74 in today's Boston Marathon Dr. Marmoreo set a record by "winning her age group" for the 5th time at the 118-year-old event. She crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 58 minutes, 54 seconds. (CNW Group/Dr. Jean Marmoreo)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140421_C4487_PHOTO_EN_39471.jpg

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