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John Hancock Announces 2018 Boston Marathon International Elite Field

Boston Maraton Elites

In its 33rd year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock today announced the elite field for the 122nd Boston Marathon on April 16.  A complete field list is available here.

Top women’s competitors include World Championships Marathon gold medalist Edna Kiplagat of Kenya; Bahrain’s Eunice Kirwa, the 2016 Olympic Marathon silver medalist; Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia, a London champion and three-time winner of Dubai; 2014 Boston Marathon champion and course record holder Buzunesh Deba, of Ethiopia, and countrywoman Mamitu Daska, a two-time winner of Frankfurt.

Leading men include 2017 Boston and IAAF World Marathon Champion Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya; two-time Boston champion and 2013 World Championships Marathon silver medalist Lelisa Desisa; and 2016 Boston winner Lemi Berhanu. Desisa and Berhanu, both from Ethiopiap; 2017 World Championships Marathon silver medalist Tamirat Tola; and American Galen Rupp, second in Boston last year.

Six Boston Marathon champions and 17 top U.S. runners will challenge an exceptional men’s and women’s international field that includes 23 Olympians. Altogether, the John Hancock Elite Athlete team has won 14 Olympic and IAAF World Championships Marathon medals, as well as more than 100 global marathons including 17 Abbott World Marathon Majors. The field’s success in strategic and tactical championship style racing will prove critical as they run the world’s most historic marathon course from Hopkinton to Boston.

“We look forward to our 2018 John Hancock Elite Athlete Team joining us on Patriots’ Day to seek the coveted Boston Marathon title,” said John Hancock Chief Marketing Officer Barbara Goose. “Over the past 33 years of our sponsorship, we have hosted more 800 of the world’s best runners from 48 countries, and this year’s team ranks with the best of them. Together with tens of thousands of fans, we’ll be cheering for these accomplished athletes and all participants every step of the way as we all move #TogetherForward.”

“The John Hancock Elite Athlete Team, yet again, is a stunning collection of talent from around the globe,” said Tom Grilk, Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association. “This international field, combined with the previously announced Americans and defending champions, will make for a very memorable race day with historic potential. Fewer than 100 days remain until Patriots’ Day, and we eagerly await crowning our next champions on April 16.”

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