• Elite Athletes Field: Boston Marathon 2018
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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If you wish to read full men's elite runners preview see article on letsrun here.
If you wish to read full women's elite article preview see article here.
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