Last week we ran a piece on how the Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson just wanted to run 2:50 in today's Olympic trials. Not to win … just to run 2:50 as she turned 50. Something she wanted to do for herself.

Well, the results are in:

Samuelson, at 50 the oldest of the 146 runners who began the race on Boston's historic streets under sunny, cool skies, completed the 26.2-mile course in 2:49:08 to set an American record for 50-plus female runners.

She broke the record of 2:50:26 that was set 17 years ago by Shirley Matson.

"I surprised myself today,'' she said. "I thought I would struggle.''

But Samuelson never faltered on the course, spurred on by the roars of thousands of fans ringing the course. She started the race wearing a yellow baseball cap and finished it wearing a Boston Red Sox cap – just like she did in 1979 when she won her first Boston Marathon.

Congratulations to a winner!

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