The 2018 Boston Marathon is on Monday, marking the 122nd year of the iconic marathon. As a runner, I will always have a dream of running the Boston Marathon. I always thought that the NYC Marathon was my dream race, and while it was, I admit I would love to one day run Boston.
This year, I’ve got a number of friends running the Boston Marathon, and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them. Each one, no matter if they are a first-timer or repeat Boston runner, are all amazing. I love being able to track friends on race day from Hopkinton to Boston. It has to be a journey of 26.2 like no other.
In the elite field, this year, there’s 46 athletes from 13 countries running. American Galen Rupp, who took 2nd in Boston last year, along with the 2017 Boston Marathon Champion, Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya return. Lelisa Desisa and Lemi Berhanu, both from Ethiopia who recently finished 3rd and 4th in the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon. As well as Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia), Shadrick Biwott (American), and Wilson Chebet (Kenyan) are in the men’s field. For the women, Kenyan Edna Kiplagat leads the field, returning to defend her 2017 Boston Marathon win. Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden, and Jordan Hasay are representing the U.S. along with Molly Huddle.
Shalane Flanagan recently won the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon, and Desiree Linden missed winning Boston in 2011 by just two seconds. Both women have really wanted to win Boston. I would love to see Flanagan take it this year, especially after her amazing NYC Marathon performance. I also think that Galen Rupp will definitely give the Kenyans a run for their money this year.