Monthly Running News: Boston Marathon 2017 Preview

monthlyruningnewsAfter 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 Field

Local Athletes

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:

Bib Name City
11150 Allison Prowse Kitchener
6614 Andrea Sweny Kitchener
7041 Baoshi Sun Waterloo
18690 Barbara Ward Kitchener
29488 Brian Hollas Waterloo
19871 Christine Ohlhausen Wellesley
28726 Daisy Martin Waterloo
15053 Dana Fox Waterloo
14654 Dave Champion Kitchener
21544 Debbie Magnus Waterloo
12037 Denis Feeney Kitchener
11558 Emily Hunter Baden
24534 Florence Currier Kitchener
6770 Gillian Willard Waterloo
2275 Greg Galloway Cambridge
19546 Jamie Arnold Kitchener
28809 Jen Markovic Waterloo
28752 Jessica McMillan Kitchener
20199 John Summers Kitchener
6138 Jonathan Finn Kitchener
29046 Karen Gomboc Waterloo
30274 Katarina Erb Kitchener
21873 Katherine Chrysafidis Waterloo
9246 Kevin Taylor Waterloo
19200 Kimberly Fabian Kitchener
23241 Lia Kutzscher Kitchener
6387 Luke Ehgoetz New Hamburg
16266 Lumi Duca Waterloo
11961 Mark Shepherd Cambridge
21734 Michael Archibald Kitchener
28794 Michael Lanteigne Elmira
21545 Michele Craddock Waterloo
28772 Michelle Lennox Waterloo
10238 Mike Hammond Cambridge
28838 Pat Hollas Waterloo
10454 Robert Baxter Kitchener
13154 Robert Yendt Kitchener
897 Sean Delanghe Waterloo
11982 Shawn Kimmel Cambridge
22788 Terry Dinsmore Waterloo
28748 Tyler Van Ooteghem Kitchener
7337 Val Hobson Kitchener
12904 Vicki Zandbergen Kitchener

Elite Athletes

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.

Start times

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!