After an off-season hiatus, Monthly Running News will return with an April column, which will cover the Boston Marathon results, among other news. Until then, here’s a primer on one of our favourite running events.
The Boston Marathon expects a field of over 30,000 in 2017, including over 2,100 Canadians. Among them are over 900 runners from Ontario, including 43 who live in Waterloo Region:
|6387||Luke Ehgoetz||New Hamburg|
|28748||Tyler Van Ooteghem||Kitchener|
Canada will be represented by one elite entry – Rachel Hannah – after Eric Gillis withdrew due to injury this week. The greater elite field includes a mix of previous champions, record holders, and other favourites: Dennis Kimmetto, Wesley Korir, Lemi Berhanu, Meb Keflezighi, and Edna Kiplagat, as well as Galen Rupp, Desiree Linden, and a host of other top American talent.
Race day: Monday, April 17
The marathon runs on Patriot’s Day from Hopkinton, MA to downtown Boston. It is truly one of the most exciting days of the running year.
How to follow athletes
There are a variety of ways to track athletes (bib numbers are included above). This year, television coverage is only available on TSN2, but check on race day for good online streaming options.
The start times begin with Mobility Impaired at 8:50am, and include Elite Women at 9:32, Elite Men & Wave One at 10:00, and Wave Four at 11:15. More details are available at the race website.
To all runners: enjoy it, and represent your country and community well! Good luck, and we’ll be watching!