Liane Winter

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Liane Winter (born June 24, 1942) is a former West German long-distance runner, who is recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations as having set a world best at the Boston Marathon on April 21, 1975 with a time of 2:42:24.[1][nb 1] Winter, the first woman from outside the United States to win Boston, only briefly held the mark as her countrywoman, Christa Vahlensieck, turned in a 2:40:16 performance in Dülmen twelve days later.[1][2] Winter's 1975 performance at Boston was aided by a "25-mile-an-hour tailwind",[3] after which she asked for a beer through her translator.[4] At the 1976 Boston Marathon, she finished in tenth place.[5]


Running as much as 60 kilometers (37.2 miles) on a Saturday or Sunday, Winter trained by Ernst van Aaken's method of building endurance.[6][7] On May 5, 1974 in Wolfsburg, West Germany, Winter ran a marathon in 2:57:44.4 to set the fastest mark for German women.[8] In an event organized by van Aaken, she was one of 45 women from seven nations to compete for the first women's world marathon title, the Women's International Championship in Waldniel, West Germany on September 22, 1974.[6][7] Christa Vahlensieck and Chantal Langlacé caught up to her after she took an early lead on the four-lap course, however, Winter crossed the finish line first in a time of 2:50:31.4 to earn a European record and lowered the national mark she set a little over four months earlier.[6][8]

Winter also set the German road mark in the 10,000 metres with a 37:16 in Bruges, Belgium in 1977.[8] She won the Budapest Marathon in 1971,[9] the Maryland Marathon in 1975,[10] and the Schwarzwald Marathon three consecutive times from 1976 to 1978.[11]

Winter is from Wolfsburg.[3][5] In 1975 she was an accountant at a Volkswagen factory.[3]


  1. ^ The Association of Road Racing Statisticians notes Winter's official time as 2:42:25.[2]


  1. ^ a b "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. p. 653. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Boston Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Peters, Gil (April 22, 1975). "New Marathon mark". The Bryan Times. UPI. p. 12. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Connelly, Mike (2003). "Crossing the Line". 26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkinton to Copley Square. The Lyons Press. p. 246. ISBN 9781585748280. 
  5. ^ a b "American Takes Boston Marathon". Palm Beach Post. April 20, 1976. p. D2. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c Hauman, Riël (1996). Century of the marathon, 1896-1996. Human & Rousseau. pp. 144–145. ISBN 9780798135542. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b van Aaken, Ernst (1976). Van Aaken method. World Publications. pp. 1, 98. ISBN 9780890370711. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Loostra, Klaas (December 11, 2010). "GER Record Progressions- Road". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Budapest Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. December 5, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Baltimore Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. October 18, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Schwarzwald Marathon". Association of Road Racing Statisticians. October 11, 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
Preceded by
United States Jacqueline Hansen
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
April 21, 1975 – May 3, 1975
Succeeded by
West Germany Christa Vahlensieck