American Galen Rupp will run the 2017 Boston Marathon.
The Rio Olympic bronze medallist in the men’s marathon and 2012 Olympic 10,000m silver medallist was announced as part of the American elite field for Boston on Wednesday. The historic race, which will be Rupp’s third attempt at the distance, is set for April 17, 2017. His personal best is 2:10:05 from Rio.
The 30-year-old holds four American records: The indoor 3,000m, 5,000m, and two-mile, and the outdoor 10,000m. Rupp ran his first marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, winning the event in 2:11:13. A force in the 10,000m, Rupp has won the national championship in that event every year since 2009 including an emphatic celebration after his 2016 victory. (Click here to see video.)
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“Our audiences have come to enjoy an American resurgence at the Boston Marathon in recent years, punctuated by Meb Keflezighi’s 2014 victory,” said Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association. “We were very impressed with the American team’s performance at the Olympic Games in August. Our long time partners at John Hancock Financial have done a magnificent job in assembling these top Americans, all of whom we look forward to welcoming in April.”
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American Meb Keflezighi and five other returning Boston champions were announced as part of the 2017 field last week. The latest announcement includes Shalane Flanagan and Desiree Linden, both of who finished in the top-10 in the women’s marathon in Rio. Five of the six Americans who ran the marathon in Rio are in the 2017 field with Amy Cragg being the lone exclusion.
The full international field, which may include select Canadians, has not yet been announced.
American elite fields
Shalane Flanagan – 2:21:14 (Berlin, 2014)
Desiree Linden – 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)
Lindsay Flanagan – 2:29:28 (Frankfurt, 2016)
Clara Santucci – 2:29:54 (Boston, 2011)
Esther Atkins – 2:33:15 (Boston, 2014)
Jordan Hasay – Debut
Meb Keflezighi – 2:08:37 (Boston, 2014)
Abdi Abdirahman – 2:08:56 (Chicago, 2006)
Galen Rupp – 2:10:05 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)
Jared Ward – 2:11:30 (Rio de Janeiro, 2016)
Shadrack Biwott – 2:12:01 (New York City, 2016)
Sean Quigley – 2:13:30 (Fukuoka, 2014)
With files from the Boston Athletic Association.