The 2018 men’s and women’s champions will return to Boston for the 2019 race. The race announced on Monday morning that the surprise winners of 2018, Des Linden and Yuki Kawauchi would be returning. 

The 2018 Boston Marathon saw some of the worst conditions in the history event, and a shocking 23 elite runners who dropped from the race. 

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Linden and Kawauchi had stunning performances in 2018 despite the conditions. Linden has since finished six at the 2018 New York City Marathon, and Kawauchi has completed a number of marathons following his performance, including a half-marathon only six days after his win. 

Desi Linden
Photo: Randy Miyazaki.

Kawauchi is famously unusual in his incorporation of “ultra long-distance jogging” (over-distance training at a slow pace) into his training, something few world-major elites do. Some believe it’s his secret weapon, though others are skeptical of its value in marathon training.

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Linden won the 2018 race by four and a half minutes. She’s been a staple on the American distance running scene for years, and with a personal best of 2:22:38 from Boston in 2011, Linden has good luck at the race. The 2019 event will be Linden’s seventh appearance at the Boston Marathon. 

The 2018 wheelchair champions will also be returning for 2019. Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Tatyana McFadden of the US will come back to defend their titles in the spring. 

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