Five For Friday: Boston Marathon

By Paul D. Bowker | April 13, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Galen Rupp crosses the finish line to win the men's 10,000-meter at the 2013 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on June 20, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

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Galen Rupp, a three-time Olympian who finished second in his Boston Marathon debut last year, will be back on the streets of Boston on Monday for the 122nd running of the race.

Rupp won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, and followed that up with his runner-up finish in Boston and a win at the 2017 Chicago Marathon.

The elite men’s field steps off the starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, at 10 a.m. ET Monday, preceded at 9:30 by the elite women.

Rupp leads an American contingent that also includes Shadrack Biwott, Elkanah Kibet, 2017 U.S. marathon champion Timothy Ritchie, 2012 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, four-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman, Ryan Vail, Scott Smith and Andrew Bumbalough.

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Shalane Flanagan, a four-time Olympian from nearby Marblehead who became the first American woman since 1977 to win the New York City Marathon, leads the U.S. women’s field.

Joining Flanagan are Molly Huddle, the American record-holder in the women’s 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter distances; two-time Olympian Desiree Linden, 2004 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor, Jordan Hasay, Serena Burla, 2017 U.S. marathon champion Sara Hall and Kellyn Taylor, a bronze medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games in the 5,000.

Looking to win in the wheelchair race is Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist who has previously completed the grand slam of marathon wins (Boston, London, Chicago and New York City) four times.

TV: 4 p.m. ET Sunday, Boston Marathon preview, Olympic Channel 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.