126th Boston Marathon Professional Athletes: Preview of many of the contenders from today’s press conference

by Clay Shaw and Karen Mitchell

We’re happy to share photos and background for many of the athletes who attended today’s press conference and made themselves available to the media for interviews and photos.

On paper, it may be considered the deepest Boston Marathon field ever.

Here they are, in no particular order.

Benson Kipruto, 31, Kenya, 2021 Boston Marathon champ, 2:09:51. Marathon PB 2:05:13 Toronto (CAN) 2019.
CJ Albertson, 28, CA, USA, Marathon PB 2:11:18, Marathon Project, Chandler, AZ (USA), 2020. Led the 2021 Boston Marathon for 20 miles, and eventually finished 10th in 2:11:44.
Stephanie Bruce, 38, Flagstaff, AZ, Marathon PB 2:27:47, Chicago Marathon, 2019. She has announced her retirement for the end of 2022, making this her final Boston Marathon.
Jared Ward, 33, Utah, Marathon PB 2:10:45 at TCS NYC Marathon, 2019. He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics when he placed third in the marathon at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished sixth at the 2016 Olympics, Rio de Janeiro, BRA.
Malindi Elmore, 42, BC, Canada, Marathon PB 2:24:50, Houston, TX 2020 (Canadian national record.)
Edna Kiplagat, 42, Kenya, has a long and successful career. Marathon PB 2:19:50 London 2012. Boston Marathon 2017 champ. Many other marathon wins, including 2010 NY and 2014 London.
Elkanah Kibet, 38, Colorado, Marathon PB 2:11:15, TCS NYC Marathon 2021. Member of the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program.
Molly Seidel, 27, AZ, USA, Marathon PB 2:24:42 TCS NYC Marathon 2021. Earned Olympic bronze 2021 in just her third marathon!
Charlotte Purdue, 30, Great Britain Marathon PB 2:23:26 London 2021
Viola Cheptoo, 33, Kenya, Marathon PB, 2:22:44 TCS NYC Marathon 2021
Albert Korir, 28, Kenya, Marathon PB 2:08:03 Ottawa (CAN), 2019. 2021 TCS NYC Marathon winner, 2:08:22.
Geoffrey Kamworor, 29, Kenya, Marathon PB 2:05:23, Valenica, (ESP), 2021. Two-time World Cross champion (2015 and 2017), two-time NYC Marathon champion (2017 and 2019).
Yuki KAWAUCHI, 35, Japan, prolific marathoner with a PB of 2:07:27, Otsu (JPN), 2021. Yuki was Boston Marathon champion in 2018, running in torrential, cold rain and wind.
Nell Rojas, 34, Colorado, Marathon PB 2:27:12, Boston, MA October 2021
Para Athletes (L) Jacky Hunt-Broersma, 46, Netherlands; (M) Marko Cheseto Lemtukei, 38, USA; (R) Michael Roeger, 33, Australia
Lemi Berhanu, 27, Ethiopia, Marathon PB 2:04:32, Dubai (UAE), 2016, runner-up Boston 2021.
Jacob (Jake) Riley, 33, Colorado, Marathon PB 2:10:02 Olympic Marathon Team Trials 2020, Atlanta GA, Olympic Marathon qualifier with 2nd place.
Jerrell Mock, 26, Brighton, MA Marathon PB 2:10:37 Chicago 2019
Elaina Tabb, 30, Pittsburgh, PA. Marathon PB 2:30:33, Boston 2021.
Degitu Azimeraw, 23, Ethiopia, Marathon PB 2:17:58, London, 2021. Ababel Yeshaneh, 30, Ethiopia, Marathon PB 2:20:51, Chicago Marathon 2019.

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