• Elite Athletes Field: Boston Marathon 2018

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The 2018 Bosotn Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16. Below you will find men's and women's eilte athletes start lsits.

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Men Elite Athletes

Tamirat Tola Ethiopia 2:04:06 Broke CR in Dubai last year, then silver at Worlds. Oly 10k bronze

Lemi Berhanu Ethiopia 2:04:33 2016 champ was a DNF last year

Lelisa Desisa Ethiopia 2:04:45 2-time champ was 3rd in NYC in November

Nobert Kigen Kenya 2:05:13 Ran 2:06 and 2:05 in his 2 marathons last year

Wilson Chebet Kenya 2:05:27 3-time Amsterdam champ was famously 2nd behind Meb in ’14. 5th in ’17.

Evans Chebet Kenya 2:05:30 Two top-4 finishes in majors; coming off PB in Valencia in Nov

Felix Kandie Kenya 2:06:03 Has run 2:06 in his last 3 marathons, including 4th in Berlin last fall

Geoffrey Kirui Kenya 2:06:27 Defending champ won Worlds and was our World #1 in ’17

Philemon Rono Kenya 2:06:52 Set PR/CR to win 2nd straight Toronto Marathon in Oct

Yuki Kawauchi Japan 2:08:14 Has already won 3 marathons this year, including a 2:11 in Feb

Abdi Nageeye Netherlands 2:08:16 Set national record to finish 9th in Amsterdam last year

Lusapho April South Africa 2:08:32 Best finish of 13th in two attempts in Boston

Arne Gabius Germany 2:08:33 6th in Frankfurt last year

Abdi Abdirahman USA 2:08:56 At 40, was still the top American in NYC last year

Galen Rupp USA 2:09:20 2nd last year, then won Chicago. Olympic bronze.

Reid Coolsaet Canada 2:10:28 Ran 2:10 in Fukuoka in December at age 38

Ryan Vail USA 2:10:57 2:12 for 8th in Berlin last year

Stephen Sambu Kenya 2:11:07 Has finished 5th in Chicago the last 2 years

Eric Gillis Canada 2:11:21 10th at 2016 Olympics

Elkanah Kibet USA 2:11:31 2:11:31 in his debut but hasn’t come within 2 mins of that since; 16th at ’17 Worlds

Timothy Ritchie USA 2:11:56 Ran big PR of 2:11 to win CIM/US champs in December

Shadrack Biwott USA 2:12:01 Rupp’s college teammate was 4th last year

Scott Smith USA 2:12:21 Coming off PR in Frankfurt last fall

Andrew Bumbalough USA 2:13:58 25th in Tokyo, 13th in Chicago in his two marathons so far


Women Elite Athletes

Aselefech Mergia Ethiopia 2:19:31 Has won Dubai 3x and London 1x. 3rd at ’17 London

Deena Kastor USA 2:19:36 Now 45, she’s no longer a contender to win

Edna Kiplagat Kenya 2:19:50 At age 37, she went 1st Boston – 2nd Worlds – 4th NYC in ’17

Buzunesh Deba Ethiopia 2:19:59 CR holder but it’s been 3 years since she’s been in the mix in a major

Jordan Hasay USA 2:20:57 After an incredible first 2 marathons, can she earn first win in Boston?

Shalane Flanagan USA 2:21:14 Won NYC last fall at age 36; Boston would be icing on the cake

Mamitu Daska Ethiopia 2:21:59 3rd in NYC last year behind Flanagan & Keitany

Desiree Linden USA 2:22:38 Three top-4 finishes in Boston, including last year

Madai Perez Mexico 2:22:59 4th in Chicago last year

Caroline Rotich Kenya 2:23:22 Has struggled since winning ’15 Boston but did run 2:26 at ’17 Amsterdam

Gladys Chesir Kenya 2:24:51 If you’re looking for a dark horse, it’s her. 2nd at ’17 Amsterdam in her debut

Serena Burla USA 2:26:53 Ran PR last year in Osaka, then finished 11th at Worlds

Molly Huddle USA 2:28:13 Set US HM record in Jan; 3rd at ’16 NYC in only marathon

Krista DuChene Canada 2:28:32 Hasn’t broken 2:30 since ’15

Kellyn Taylor USA 2:28:40 8th in NYC last year

Kellys Arias Colombia 2:29:36 7th in Valencia last year

Jessica Draskau Petersson Denmark 2:30:07 14th in Chicago last year

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