Joan Benoit Samuelson breaks Barbara Miller’s Boston age-group record

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Barbara Miller

The Boston Marathon course record for senior women 60 years and older, a mark set by Modesto’s own Barbara Miller that has stood for 19 years, was toppled April 15 by Joan Benoit Samuelson.

With a chip time of 3:04:00, Samuelson ran on a cool day when a lull in storms allowed many runners to navigate a fairly dry course.

Samuelson, who won the Olympics’ first women’s marathon in 1984, also holds the Boston course record for women veterans, age 50-59, with 2:50:29 set in 2013.

In 2000, Miller ran 3:11:57 as a 60 year old and had held the Boston course record for women seniors (60-plus years old) since then.

Because of the elevation drop on the Boston Marathon course, times cannot be considered for world records or world age-group records. Instead, they can only be classified as course records.