- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

BOSTON (AP) - Four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers returned to the race for the first time in a decade and finished in just over 4 hours.

The 61-year-old prostate cancer survivor, who had set a goal to finish in under 4 hours, had an official time of 4 hours, 6 minutes, 49 seconds in Monday’s race.

Rodgers went for the over-50 record in 1999 but dropped out after Heartbreak Hill. He returned because he said he didn’t want his last marathon to be one he didn’t finish.

Rodgers won the race in 1975 and three consecutive years from 1978-80.

(This version CORRECTS with Rodgers’ official time.)

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