It was announced a week ago that defending champions Des Linden and Yuki Kawauchi would be returning to Boston, and now the race has announced its complete lineup of American elites.
— John Hancock (@johnhancockusa) December 18, 2018
Notable women’s team members are Jordan Hasay, Sarah Sellers and Sara Hall. Hasay has run the second fastest American women’s marathon time, and hoped to chase Deena Kastor’s American record in 2018, but was sidelined due to injury. She pulled out of Chicago a month before the 2018 race due to a stress fracture in her heel bone.
Sellers is the Arizona nurse who was the 2018 Boston runner-up. She’s since partnered with Altra, and earned her place as an elite American runner. Hall is was the 2012 US National Cross Country Champion and a Gold Medalist at the Pan Am Games in the steeplechase. She has represented the US at three World Indoor Track and Field Championships and a World Cross Country Championship.
Notably missing from the U.S. elite list are Molly Huddle and Shalane Flanagan. Flanagan was the 2017 New York City Marathon champion, and finished third place in 2018. She’s been one of America’s strongest distance runners for year, but there’s speculation that New York 2018 could have been her last professional marathon. Huddle is the American half-marathon record holder who finished just behind Flanagan in fourth at New York.
On the men’s list, Scott Fauble was 7th at the 2018 New York City Marathon in a personal best of 2:12:28, Shadrack Biwott was third at the 2018 Boston Marathon, Dathan Ritzenhein is the fourth fastest American marathoner of all-time, and Jared Ward is a 2016 Olympian and the 2015 national marathon champion.
The 123rd Boston Marathon will happen on April 15th, 2019.