With the 2018 Boston Marathon just around the corner, the officials made a formal statement last Thursday that this year’s marathon will include 6 past champions and 23 Olympians.The race was already going to be headlined by Shalane Flanagan, Jordan Hasay, Desiree Linden, and Molly Huddle – hoping to put an end to the 33-year drought since the last time the US saw a female champion.

Joining them would be Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who won the 2017 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:21:52 hours. Most recently she came in fourth at the New York City Marathon, where Flanagan became the first American woman to win in 40 years. Kiplagat also scored her personal best of 2:19:50 at the 2012 London Marathon.

(ENGLISH): EDNA KIPLAGAT COMFORTABLY WINS THE 2017 BOSTON MARATHON Edna Kiplagat, a Kenyan policewoman, took home the trophy after breaking open a huge lead over the other elite women runners. She crossed the finish line Monday with an official time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 52 seconds — in her Boston Marathon debut, no less. Her 9-year-old Wendy and 13-year-old Carlos, Kiplagat’s two children, were waiting just feet beyond the line to receive their tired, smiling mother. “I’m so happy that they are here today with me,” she said. In addition to her two biological children, Kiplagat and her husband adopted two children from her sister, who died of breast cancer in 2003, and a fifth child from a neighbor who died during childbirth in 2013. The elite marathoner, who has won the 2010 Los Angeles and New York marathons and the 2014 London Marathon, also has a foundation to raise breast cancer awareness. ———————————————————— (ESPAÑOL): EDNA KIPLAGAT GANA CÓMODAMENTE EL MARATÓN DE BOSTON 2017 Edna Kiplagat, una mujer policía keniana, se llevó el trofeo después de abrir una gran ventaja sobre las otras mujeres élite. Cruzó la meta con un tiempo oficial de 2 horas, 21 minutos, 52 segundos — en su debut en el Maratón de Boston, nada menos. Wendy de 9 años de edad y Carlos, de 13 años, los dos hijos de Kiplagat, esperaban a pocos metros de la meta para recibir a su madre cansada y sonriente. "Estoy muy feliz de que estén aquí hoy conmigo", dijo. Además de sus dos hijos biológicos, Kiplagat y su esposo adoptaron dos hijos de su hermana, quien murió de cáncer de mama en 2003, y un quinto hijo de una vecina que murió durante el parto en 2013. La maratonista élite, quien ha ganado los maratones de Los Ángeles y Nueva York en 2010 y el Maratón de Londres 2014, también tiene una fundación para generar conciencia sobre el cáncer de mama. • #somosrunners #run #runner #runners #running #runningmotivation #runhappy #runstrong #athletics #atletismo #correr #corredor #corredores #xc #findyourstrong #justdoit #maraton #marathon #marathontraining #sofast #ultramarathon #trailrunning #track #trackandfield #bostonstrong #bostonmarathon #bostonmarathon2017 #ednakiplagat @bostonmarathon

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The 2018 Boston Marathon will also see Eunice Kirwa, who is originally from Kenya but will be competing for Bahrain, has won the silver at the 2016 Olympic marathon. She will be joined by Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia who has the fastest time to the field, 2:19:31 from the 2012 Dubai Marathon, which she’s won three times. Mergia was also the winner of the 2016 London Marathon.

Other women who are in-line to give the American line up a tough competition include Ethiopians Mamaitu Daska who came in third at the 2017 New York City Marathon and Buzunesh Deba who holds the Boston Marathon women’s course record of 2:19:59.

The American men for the 2018 Boston Marathon will include Galen Rupp, Dathan Ritzenhein, Abdi Abdirahman, and Shadrack Biwott. Runner’s World reports that they will toe the line with nine Kenyan and Ethiopian runners whose personal best is under 2:07, including Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya), the winner of 2017 Boston Marathon and the IAAF World Championships marathon. Nike’s Breaking-2 star Lelisa Desisa will also be participating this year. He has previously won the Boston twice (2013 and 2015) and the 2013 world championships.

Of the Americans, Ritzenhein has the fastest personal best from the 2012 Chicago marathon at 2:07:47. Rupp was the runner-up in the Boston last year and also won Chicago in 2017 and the 2016 Olympic marathon bronze. Officials have also announced that 2017 US marathon winner, Tim Ritchie, and Elkanah Kibet, who came in 16th at the World Championships will be added to the list of marathon elites.

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