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Boston Marathon Announces International Elite Fields For 2018

Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock has announced its international elite fields for this year's race, taking place on April 16, 2018.

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Runners participating in the 2017 Boston Marathon. Photo by Byelikova Oksana /

Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock announced today its international elite field for the 2018 race, just one month after the announcement of its U.S. elite field. Among the international competitors will be last year’s champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, Boston Marathon course record holder Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia (who snagged the title in 2014) and Mamitu Daska, who stuck with Shalane Flanagan for most of the TCS New York City Marathon last year before placing third. But those three incredibly fast women are just the beginning of this story. In total, the elite fields (women and men) will comprise of Olympic athletes, world champions and Boston Marathon winners from previous years–46 elites in total (20 women, 26 men) from 13 countries. Here are the elite fields for women and men (and their marathon PBs) as they currently stand:

2018 Boston Marathon: Elite Women*

  • Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopia (2:19:31)
  • Deena Kastor of USA (2:19:36)
  • Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (2:19:50)
  • Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia (2:19:59)
  • Jordan Hasay of USA (2:20:57)
  • Shalane Flanagan of USA (2:21:14)
  • Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia (2:21:59)
  • Desiree Linden of USA (2:22:38)
  • Madai Perez of Mexico (2:22:59)
  • Caroline Rotich of Kenya (2:23:22)
  • Gladys Chesir of Kenya (2:24:51)
  • Serena Burla of USA (2:26:53)
  • Molly Huddle of USA (2:28:13)
  • Krista Duchene of Canada (2:28:32)
  • Kellyn Taylor of USA (2:28:40)
  • Kellys Arias of Colombia (2:29:36)
  • Jessica Draskau Petersson of Denmark (2:30:07)

*Sara Hall (USA), Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) and Jessica Augusto (Portugal) were originally included on this list but dropped out in early April after sustaining injuries.

2018 Boston Marathon: Elite Men

  • Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia (2:04:11)
  • Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia (2:04:33)
  • Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (2:04:45)
  • Nobert Kigen of Kenya (2:05:13)
  • Wilson Chebet of Kenya (2:05:27)
  • Evans Chebet of Kenya (2:05:30)
  • Felix Kandle of Kenya (2:06:03)
  • Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya (2:06:27)
  • Philemon Rono of Kenya (2:06:52)
  • Dathan Ritzenhein of USA (2:07:47)
  • Yuki Kawauchi of Japan (2:08:14)
  • Abdi Nageeye of Netherlands (2:08:16)
  • Lusapho April of South Africa (2:08:32)
  • Arne Gabius of Germany (2:08:33)
  • Kentaro Nakamoto of Japan (2:08:35)
  • Abdi Abdirahman of USA (2:08:56)
  • Galen Rupp of USA (2:09:20)
  • Reid Coolsaet of Canada (2:10:28)
  • Ryan Vail of USA (2:10:57)
  • Stephen Sambu of Kenya (2:11:07)
  • Eric Gillis of Canada (2:11:21)
  • Elkanah Kibet of USA (2:11:31)
  • Timothy Ritchie of USA (2:11:56)
  • Shadrack Biwott of USA (2:12:01)
  • Scott Smith of USA (2:12:21)
  • Andrew Bumbalough of USA (2:13:58)

The 2018 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16. Women’s Running will be reporting on the ground in Boston, Mass. during the race, so stay tuned for our pre-race coverage and post-race interviews and recaps!


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