In 1975, the Boston Marathon became the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division when it recognized 23-year old Bob Hall, a native of Belmont, MA. BAA Race Director Will Clooney assured Hall a finishers' certificate if he could break the three hour mark over the Boston course. Hall rolled over the finish line--and into history-- with a time of 2:58.
Two years later Hall held off six other competitors in the wheelchair division to win in 2:40:18. Today, Bob is the Disability Coordinator for the BAA.
FYI -- Last year a total of 30 official wheelchair athletes (25 men and 5 women) crossed the finish line in Copley Square.