- It will be Eluid Kipchoge’s first run at the Boston Marathon
- Kipchoge will pocket Ksh20 million ($150,000) if he emerges the winner.
- The race presents a Kenyan domination verse the Ethiopians.
Double Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge will make his debut in the 127th Boston Marathon on Monday in an event that will mark ten years since the bomb attack near the finish line.
I think Boston is like Olympics. It is a new environment to me. Well selected people. It’s like a championship raceWorld Marathon record holder, Eluid Kipchoge
Survivors, first responders and other members of the public gathered on Saturday in Boston in honor of the victims of the marathon bombing, one of the most high-profile attacks on U.S. soil that claimed three lives and saw scores more injured.
According to the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), Kipchoge will pocket Ksh20 million ($150,000) if he emerges first in the 42- kilometer race. The current record in the men’s open division is held by Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai, who clocked a time of 2:03:02 more than a decade ago in 2011.
The 127th running of the Boston Marathon begins with the men’s wheelchair division at 9:02 a.m. ET (1302 GMT) on Monday, April 17.
The Kenyan domination verses Ethiopia onslaught
Twice Olympic champion Kipchoge, unofficially became the first to run a marathon in under two hours in 2019, is aiming to add a Boston title to his 10 World Marathon Major victories.
He will face a tough challenge in his Boston debut from his fellow Kenyans, defending champion Evans Chebet and 2021 winner Benson Kipruto, as well as Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa, the 2019 world champion who won Boston in 2015 and 2013.
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Ethiopian Amane Beriso, who produced the all-time third-fastest marathon in Valencia late last year, headlines a speedy women’s field with twice major winner Joyceline Jepkosgei of Kenya and Ethiopia’s world champion Gotytom Gebreslase.
Kenyan Edna Kiplagat will vie for her third Boston title with her fellow former champions American Des Linden and Ethiopian Atsede Baysa also expected to run.