While the London and Boston Marathons will host some of the fastest marathon runners ever, including perhaps the deepest ever women’s line-up in London this April, fans of the sport were wonder where Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich will be racing. We now have that answer.

Chepngetich is the top of the bill for the Nagoya’s Women’s Marathon happening Sunday March 12. Chepngetich is the defending champion and the second-fastest marathon runner all-time in two categories: open races, which include men and women as well as the women’s only event. Her bests are 2:14:18 from Chicago 2022 and 2:17:18 from last year’s Nagoya Women’s Marathon. However, she does have competition who will also chase after the $250,000 first place price.

Photo credit: Nagoya Women’s Marathon

Also in the field is Nancy Jelagat Meto of Kenya with a personal best 2:19:31 from Valencia 2021. American Molly Seidel is toeing the line. She earned a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan has a rich history in road running and will field a competitive group of athletes including Tokyo Olympians Ayuko Suzuki and Honami Maeda, as well as Mao Uesugi and Mizuki Tanimoto, who renewed their personal best bests at the Osaka Women’s Marathon 2022. Yuka Suzuki, who set the new Japanese student record in 2:25:02 in Nagoya last year is also racing. Many Japanese athletes with high-level performances will round out the elite field including Chiharu Ikeda, Mirai Waku, and Ayano Ikemitsu, will also challenge the world’s top runners. See the complete international list below.

In addition to being the largest women’s marathon in the world and the only all-women World Athletics Platinum label road race, the race has become the marathon event with the largest first palce prize. The winner will take home$250,000 USD. All finishers of the race will receive an exclusively designed Tiffany & Co. pendant. The 2023 race will be held fully open to both domestic and international runners for the first time in three years, after the Japanese government has lifted the Covid-related border restrictions.

Invited elite athletes

Name                                          Nationality                        Personal Best
Ruth Chepngetich                       Kenya                                2:14:18
Nancy Jelagat Meto                    Kenya                                2:19:31
Ayuko Suzuki                             Japan                                 2:22:02
Mao Uesugi                                Japan                                 2:22:29
Mizuki Tanimoto                         Japan                                 2:23:11
Honami Maeda                           Japan                                 2:23:30
Molly Seidel                               USA                                   2:24:42
Yuka Suzuki                               Japan                                 2:25:02
Eloise WELLINGS                      Australia                             2:2510
Katharina Steinruck          Germany                            2:25:59
ZHIXUAN LI                               China                                 2:26:15
Xinyan ZHANG                           China                                 2:26:56
DESHUN ZHANG                      China                                  2:27:01
Isobel BATT-DOYLE                  Australia                              2:28:10
For a complete list of competitors in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon 2023 Elite Field, please visit: