Shalane Flanagan, who won the TCS New York City Marathon in 2017 and finished third in 2018, will not be running this year’s Boston Marathon, since she is not fully recovered from injuries sustained late last year. The local Boston CBS affiliate WBZ-TV welcomed Flanagan, who was raised in Massachusetts, as an analyst for the event in an interview broadcast on March 15, exactly one month before race day.
Flanagan is also “interning” under Bowerman Track Club coach Jerry Schumacher, with a view to becoming a coach herself, in a field dominated by men.
Flanagan ran part of last year’s cold, wet Boston Marathon with Des Linden, who went on to win, after telling Flanagan it likely wasn’t her day and that she was considering dropping out. Linden was the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon since Lisa Rainsberger won in 1985, 33 years before.