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DuChene, Wykes and Cassidy to race 2020 Boston Marathon

Three Canadian elites are on the start line of the 2020 Boston Marathon

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The 2020 Boston Marathon announced its elite lineup on Wednesday morning, and 2018 third-place finisher Krista DuChene, 43, is on the list. DuChene will be returning for her third consecutive Boston Marathon.

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DuChene had a strong 2019, with her most recent result coming from the Berlin Marathon, where she won the masters race in 2:32:27–her fastest marathon time since 2015.


The new qualification system for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games allows athletes who’ve placed in the top 10 at a World Major to be considered for entry. If DuChene can have a good day, her placing in Boston could also place her in the conversation for Olympic team selection. The team will be selected at the end of May, only six weeks after the Boston Marathon.

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Other women on the elite list are Worknesh Degefa (2:17:41), Des Linden (2:22:38), Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50) and Magdalyne Masai, whose personal best 2:22:16 was from her victory at Toronto in 2019.

Dylan Wykes ad Rory Linkletter before STWM 2019 start. Photo: Maxine Gravina

In the men’s race, Dylan Wykes, the fifth-fastest Canadian marathoner of all time, will also be on the start line. The former professional runner has been making his way onto the elite scene for the past year and a half. The race that really caught people’s attention was when he became the Canadian 10K champion in 2019.

Other elites to watch are Lawrence Cherono (2:04:06), Lelisa Desisa (2:04:45) and Philemon Rono (a.k.a Baby Police), the three-time STWM champion and Canadian all-comers record-holder, who holds a personal best of 2:05:00.

In the wheelchair race, Canadian Josh Cassidy is set to race. Cassidy’s personal best is from the 2012 at the Boston Marathon.

Complete women’s elite line up

Worknesh Degefa 2:17:41 (Dubai, 2019) ETH
Yebrgual Melese 2:19:36 (Dubai, 2018) ETH
Edna Kiplagat 2:19:50 (London, 2012) KEN
Mare Dibaba 2:19:52 (Dubai, 2012) ETH
Buzunesh Deba 2:19:59 (Boston, 2014) ETH
Haftamnesh Tesfay 2:20:13 (Dubai, 2018) ETH
Meskerem Assefa 2:20:36 (Frankfurt, 2018) ETH
Gelete Burka 2:20:45 (Dubai, 2018) ETH
Besu Sado 2:21:03 (Amsterdam, 2019) KEN
Magdalyne Masai 2:22:16 (Toronto, 2019) KEN
Desiree Linden 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011) USA
Rose Chelimo 2:22:51 (Boston, 2017) BRN
Caroline Rotich 2:23:22 (Chicago, 2012) KEN
Rahma Tusa 2:23:46 (Rome, 2018) ETH
Mary Ngugi 2:27:36 (NYC, 2019) KEN
Krista Duchene 2:28:32 (Toronto, 2013) CAN
Caroline Kipkirui  :31:44 (Kisumu, 2012) KEN
Kate Landau 2:31:56 (Boston, 2019) USA

Complete elite men’s line up

Lawrence Cherono 2:04:06 (Amsterdam, 2018) KEN
Lelisa Desisa 2:04:45 (Dubai, 2013) ETH
Philemon Rono 2:05:00 (Toronto, 2019) KEN
Benson Kipruto 2:05:13 (Toronto, 2019) KEN
Kenneth Kipkemoi 2:05:44 (Rotterdam,2018) KEN
Dejene Debela 2:05:46 (Chicago, 2019) ETH
Felix Kandie 2:06:03 (Seoul, 2017) KEN
Fikre Bekele 2:06:27 (Seoul, 2019) ETH
Geoffrey Kirui 2:06:27 (Amsterdam, 2016) KEN
Stephen Kiprotich 2:06:33 (Tokyo, 2015) NR UGA
Abrar Osman 2:07:46 (Amsterdam, 2019) ERI
Albert Korir 2:08:03 (Ottawa, 2019) KEN
Yuki Kawauchi 2:08:14 (Seoul, 2013) JPN
Kentaro Nakamoto 2:08:35 (Oita, 2013) JPN
Dylan Wykes 2:10:47 (Rotterdam, 2012) CAN
Shoya Osaki 2:10:48 (Oita, 2019) JPN
Fernando Cabada 2:11:36 (Berlin, 2014) USA
Li Zicheng 2:11:49 (Shanghai, 2010) CHN
Stephen Scullion 2:11:52 (Houston, 2020) IRL
Jemal Yimer Debut (58:33, Valencia, 2018) NR ETH

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