Krista DuChene was third at the Boston Marathon in 2018. Her huge run snagged her a podium finish despite terrible conditions and yesterday she announced that she will be going back again.
Thank you for the lovely birthday messages, yesterday. 42 is one of my favourite numbers. And back to Boston I go to do it again… https://t.co/CiRyH1N8ve
— Krista DuChene (@kristaduchene) January 10, 2019
Both 2018 winners, Des Linden and Yuki Kawauchi will also be returning for the 2019 event. Both runners had stunning performances in 2018 despite the conditions. Linden has since finished sixth 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.
There will be five sub-2:20 women in the race, and five sub-2:05 men. In the women’s race, in addition to Linden, Sally Kipyego is one to watch. Boston 2019 will be her first race as an American citizen. The runner has a personal best of 2:28:01 and a Olympic silver medal in the 10,000m to her name. She formerly represented Kenya.
Other women to watch
Jordan Hasay will be giving the marathon another shot. At 2:20:57, she’s one of the fastest American women to ever run the distance. Worknesh Degefa is one of the fastest women entered, and ran her personal best of 2:19:53 in Dubai in 2018. Meskerem Assefa has also run her personal best recently, hitting 2:20:36 in Frankfurt in 2018. Both women represent Ethiopia.
Other men to watch
Lawrence Cherono comes in with the fastest personal best at 2:04:06 from the 2018 Amsterdam Marathon. Lelisa Desisa has won Boston twice and has a personal best of 2:04:45. Geoffrey Kirui was favoured to win Boston last year, but unfortunately came up short. The runner is coming back in 2019 and looking to improve on his 2018 showing.