The women

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced on Wednesday, January 11 the fastest women’s in the 126-year history of the iconic event. The supercharged men’s field was already announced for the Monday, April 18th running — back to its original date.

Peres Jepchirchir, the Tokyo Olympic gold medallist, and Molly Seidel who took bronze headline the field competing on Patriots’ Day.

“We are delighted to welcome the fastest and most accomplished women’s field in the history of the Boston Marathon,” said B.A.A. President and CEO Tom Grilk. “Though there have been many milestones in the five decades since the women’s division was established in Boston, this field of Olympic and Paralympic medalists, Boston champions, and global stars will make this a race to remember on Patriots’ Day.”

Four women have run under 2:18, and four more have run sub-2:20. A total of 26 have run faster than 2:30:00.

Women’s professional division

^ indicates masters age (40-plus).

Peres Jepchirchir, 2:17:16 (Valencia, 2020), Kenya

Joyciline Jepkosgei, 2:17:43 (London, 2021), Kenya

Degitu Azimeraw, 2:17:58 (London, 2021), Ethiopia

Roza Dereje, 2:18:30 (Valencia, 2019), Ethiopia

Zeineba Yimer, 2:19:28 (Valencia, 2019), Ethiopia

Edna Kiplagat^, 2:19:50 (London, 2012), Kenya

Tigist Girma, 2:19:52 (Amsterdam, 2019), Ethiopia

Maurine Chepkemoi, 2:20:18 (Amsterdam, 2021), Kenya

Sara Hall, 2:20:32 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Desiree Linden, 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011), USA

Viola Cheptoo, 2:22:44 (New York City, 2021), Kenya

Purity Changwony, 2:22:46 (Ampugnano, 2021), Kenya

Charlotte Purdue, 2:23:26 (London, 2021), Great Britain

Kellyn Taylor, 2:24:28 (Duluth, 2018), USA

Molly Seidel, 2:24:42 (New York City, 2021), USA

Malindi Elmore^, 2:24:50 (Houston, 2020), Canada

Mary Ngugi, 2:25:20 (Boston, 2021), Kenya

Monicah Ngige, 2:25:32 (Boston, 2021), Kenya

Natasha Wodak^, 2:26:19 (Chandler, 2020), Canada

Sara Vaughn, 2:26:53 (Sacramento, 2020), USA

Nell Rojas, 2:27:12 (Boston, 2021), USA

Stephanie Bruce, 2:27:47 (Chicago, 2019), USA

Dakotah Lindwurm, 2:29:04 (Duluth, 2021), USA

Roberta Groner^, 2:29:09 (Rotterdam, 2019), USA

Angie Orjuela, 2:29:12 (Valencia, 2020) NR, COL

Bria Wetsch, 2:29:50 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Maegan Krifchin, 2:30:17 (Chicago, 2021), USA

Elaina Tabb, 2:30:33 (Boston, 2021), USA

Lexie Thompson, 2:30:37 (Philadelphia, 2021), USA

Kate Landau^, 2:31:56 (Boston, 2019), USA

Sydney Devore, 2:32:39 (Pittsburgh, 2018), USA

Kodi Kleven, 2:32:45 (St. George, 2021), Canada

Briana Boehmer^, 2:33:20 (Sacramento, 2021), USA

Caitlin Phillips, 2:34:43 (Berlin, 2019), USA

Kate Bazeley, 2:36:43 (Chicago, 2021), Canada

Kathy Derks, 2:36:47 (Carmel, 2021), USA

Maria Velez, 2:37:04 (Valencia, 2021), Mexico

Rachel Hyland, 2:37:22 (Sacramento, 2018), USA

Ashlee Powers, 2:38:20 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Kayla Lampe, 2:38:25 (Chicago, 2021), USA

Ali Lavender, 2:38:41 (Berlin, 2021), Great Britain

Annmarie Tuxbury, 2:39:05 (Atlanta, 2020), USA

Erika Fleuhr, 2:39:31 (Sacramento, 2021), USA

Lindsay Nelson, 2:39:33 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Paula Pridgen, 2:39:34 (Duluth, 2021), USA

Abby Hamilton, 2:39:36 (Portland, 2021), USA

Joanna Thompson, 2:39:47 (New York City, 2021), USA

Ziyang Liu, 2:40:17 (Carmel, 2021), China

Rena Elmer, 2:40:21 (Indianapolis, 2019), USA

Mary Denholm, 2:41:08 (Atlanta, 2021), USA

Gina Rouse^, 2:41:19 (Boston, 2019), USA

Katie Kellner, 2:41:42 (Atlanta, 2020) , USA

Laurie Knowles^, 2:41:58 (Atlanta, 2020), USA

Angela Moll^, 2:43:18 (Sacramento, 2019), USA

Hilary Corno^, 2:45:07 (Boston, 2021), USA

Jennifer Hughes^, 2:45:28 (Sacramento, 2019), USA

Sara Ibbetson^, 2:46:08 (Indianapolis, 2019), USAc

Aisling Cuffe, Debut (1:12:57 Half), USA

The men

Twelve men have bests under 2:06 to head a field the B.A.A. is calling the fastest field ever assembled in race history.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest marathon runner in history with his 2:01:09 2022 Berling Marathon performance will toe the line. Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and the second-fastest marathoner in history at 2:01:41 will be racing. Returning to Boston six months after claiming victories at the 125th Boston Marathon in October are Kenya’s Benson Kipruto and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug. Also running are Kenyans Evans Chebet, and Benson Kipruto — it’s a stunning field.

“The world’s best athletes come to Boston every year aiming to join the family of Boston Marathon champions,” said Grilk. “This year we’re anticipating one of the best competitions in history as Olympic medalists, Boston Marathon champions, Abbott World Marathon Majors winners, and up-and-coming talents square off on the roads leading to the famed Boylston Street finish line.”

Two have run sub-2:02, nine sub-2:05, and a total of 26 have run under the 2:10:00 benchmark.

Men’s professional field

Eliud Kipchoge, 2:01:09 (Bering, 2022) WR, Kenya

Kenenisa Bekele, 2:01:41 (Berlin, 2019) NR, Ethiopia

Titus Ekiru, 2:02:57 (Milan, 2021), Kenya

Evans Chebet, 2:03:00 (Valencia, 2020), Kenya

Lawrence Cherono, 2:03:04 (Valencia, 2020), Kenya

Bernard Koech, 2:04:09 (Amsterdam, 2021), Kenya

Lemi Berhanu, 2:04:33 (Dubai, 2016), Ethiopia

Lelisa Desisa, 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013), Ethiopia

Gabriel Geay, 2:04:55 (Milan, 2021) NR, Tanzania

Benson Kipruto, 2:05:13 (Toronto, 2019), Kenya

Geoffrey Kamworor, 2:05:23 (Valencia, 2021), Kenya

Eric Kiptanui, 2:05:47 (Apugnano, 2020), Kenya

Bethwell Yegon, 2:06:14 (Berlin, 2021), Kenya

Geoffrey Kirui, 2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016), Kenya

Eyob Faniel, 2:07:19 (Seville, 2020) NR, Italy

Yuki Kawauchi, 2:07:27 (Otsu, 2021), Japan

Albert Korir, 2:08:03 (Ottawa, 2019), Kenya

Amanuel Mesel, 2:08:17 (Valencia, 2013), Eritrea

Bayelign Teshager, 2:08:28 (Los Angeles, 2020), Ethiopia

Tsegay Tuemay Weldibanos, 2:09:07 (Daegu, 2019), Eritrea

Scott Fauble, 2:09:09 (Boston, 2019), USA

Colin Bennie, 2:09:38 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Trevor Hofbauer, 2:09:51 (Toronto, 2019), Canada

Jared Ward, 2:09:25 (Boston, 2019), USA

Ian Butler, 2:09:45 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Mick Iacofano, 2:09:55 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Jake Riley, 2:10:02 (Atlanta, 2020), USA

Jerrell Mock, 2:10:37 (Chicago, 2019), USA

Jemal Yimer, 2:10:38 (Boston, 2021), Ethiopia

Juan Luis Barrios, 2:10:55 (Tokyo, 2018), Mexico

Matt McDonald, 2:11:10 (Chicago, 2019), USA

Matt Llano, 2:11:14 (Berlin, 2019), USA

Elkanah Kibet, 2:11:15 (New York City, 2021), USA

CJ Albertson, 2:11:18 (Chandler, 2020), USA

Diego Estrada, 2:11:54 (Chicago, 2019), USA

Full list of athletes is available here, as well as one of the most competitive para fields in the event history.

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