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Global Medalists, National Record Holders, Olympians and Paralympians Among 127th Boston Marathon Women’s Field

 

BOSTON—The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) proudly announced today the women’s professional field for the 127th Boston Marathon, featuring decorated Open, Wheelchair and Para Athletics Division athletes from 18 countries. Among the field are global medalists, national record holders, Olympians and Paralympians, as well as five Boston Marathon champions.

 

“Each year the B.A.A. welcomes strong, competitive, and talented fields to Hopkinton, with athletes ready to race for 26.2 miles,” said Mary Kate Shea, B.A.A. Director of Professional Athletes & Technical Support. “This year’s field is among the fastest and most decorated professional fields in history, and we anticipate an exciting race from start to finish on Patriots’ Day.”

 

A total of 16 women entered in the field have run the marathon under 2 hours, 21 minutes. Making their Boston Marathon debuts are three athletes who notched impressive breakthrough performances in 2022: Israel’s Lonah Salpeter, Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi, and Ethiopia’s Amane Beriso. Last year Salpeter earned a bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships Marathon then placed second at the TCS New York City Marathon. Lokedi, a former NCAA champion at the University of Kansas, claimed victory in her debut marathon in New York City last fall, while Beriso ran the third fastest marathon time in history – 2:14:58—to win Valencia and set a new national record in December.

 

“I am very excited to run the B.A.A. Boston Marathon this year,” said Salpeter. “It has always been my dream to run these streets one day and to experience the incredible atmosphere. I am extremely grateful to the organization for inviting me to run in their city. For now, I am focused on my preparation and I look forward to seeing all the fans along the course in Boston!”

 

Last year’s second and third place finishers in Boston, Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia and Mary Ngugi of Kenya, both return with hopes of claiming the top spot on the podium. Yeshaneh came within four seconds of victory, while Ngugi has placed second and third in Boston. Also back is Joyciline Jepkosgei, a past winner of the New York City and London Marathons.

 

“Running Boston last year was an incredible experience, and I will never forget the crowd cheering down Boylston Street as I ran towards the finish line in an epic finish,” said Yeshaneh. “I can’t wait to return to race and hope to win that title that I lost by a few meters.”

 

“When it comes to Boston, for me it becomes more than a race,” said Ngugi. “The city is special, and special for me too. I have raced there so many times across different distances and the buzz from the fans all along the course is incredible and I even got married in Boston!”

 

Additional international standouts making their Boston Marathon debuts are Sheila Chepkirui of Kenya, who ran 2:17:29 for third in Valencia, and Ethiopia’s Hiwot Gebremaryam, runner-up in Berlin in 2021 and third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 2022.

 

Among the American contingent are Sara Hall, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Emma Bates, Nell Rojas, Dakotah Lindwurm, Laura Thweatt, Annie Frisbie, Sara Vaughn and Erika Kemp. Rojas has finished as the top American at Boston two years in a row (fifth in 2:27:12 in October 2021 and tenth, 2:25:57 in April 2022), while Hall and Bates finished fifth and seventh, respectively, at the 2022 World Athletics Championships Marathon in Eugene.

 

“I’m very excited to return to Boston once again,” said Rojas. “The excitement of the city and fans, quality of the professional field, and challenging course keeps drawing me back!”

 

Previously announced as competing in Boston this year are reigning world champion Gotytom Gebreslase as well as Boston Marathon champions Des Linden (2018), Edna Kiplagat (2017, 2021), and Atsede Baysa (2016).

 

Leading the wheelchair division field is four-time Boston champion Manuela Schär of Switzerland. Schär owns the Boston course record of 1:28:17, though will be challenged by Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XIV champion Susannah Scaroni (USA), Tokyo Paralympic gold medalist Madison de Rozario (Australia), and five-time Boston winner Tatyana McFadden (USA). A $50,000 course record bonus is available to any open division or wheelchair division athlete who breaks a course record.

 

“Boston is a very special place, home to fast times and many memories,” said Schär. “I look forward to returning to race again this year.”

 

Among the notable Para Athletics Division athletes returning to Boston are Lisa Thompson (T13/vision impairment) and Liz Willis (T63-64/lower-limb impairment), both of whom won division titles at last April’s race. Joining them is celebrated ultra-runner Jacky Hunt-Broersma, who timed 2:35:44 for the win at the 2022 B.A.A. Half Marathon and completed a record 104 marathons in consecutive days last year. For the third year, prize money is available for top finishers with vision, upper-limb, and lower-limb impairments within the Para Athletics Divisions.

 

“All of us at the Boston Athletic Association are eager to welcome every member of the 127th Boston Marathon women’s professional field to Boston,” said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “Another chapter of Boston Marathon history will unfold on the roads of Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline and Boston as we crown champions in our open, wheelchair, and Para Athletics divisions.”

 

The 127th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 – Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—and will feature 30,000 participants. The complete men’s professional field will be announced in the coming days. Since 1986, John Hancock has served as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon.

 

BOSTON MARATHON PROFESSIONAL FIELD – WOMEN’S OPEN DIVISION

^ signifies Boston Marathon Champion

*signifies Masters (40+) athlete

 

NAME

COUNTRY

PERSONAL BEST

Amane Beriso

Ethiopia

2:14:58 (NR)

Sheila Chepkirui

Kenya

2:17:29

Joyciline Jepkosgei

Kenya

2:17:43

Lonah Salpeter

Israel

2:17:45

Angela Tanui

Kenya

2:17:57

Fancy Chemutai

Kenya

2:18:11

Gotytom Gebreslase

Ethiopia

2:18:11

Hiwot Gebremaryam

Ethiopia

2:19:10

Edna Kiplagat^*

Kenya

2:19:50

Celestine Chepchirchir

Kenya

2:20:10

Maurine Chepkemoi

Kenya

2:20:18

Mary Ngugi

Kenya

2:20:22

Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet

Eritrea

2:20:29 (NR)

Sara Hall

USA

2:20:32

Ababel Yeshaneh

Ethiopia

2:20:51

Vibian Chepkirui

Kenya

2:20:59

Atsede Baysa^

Ethiopia

2:22:03

Desiree Linden^

USA

2:22:38

Viola Cheptoo

Kenya

2:22:44

Nienke Brinkman

Netherlands

2:22:51

Emma Bates

USA

2:23:18

Sharon Lokedi

Kenya

2:23:23

Dakotah Lindwurm

USA

2:25:01

Jessica Stenson

Australia

2:25:15

Laura Thweatt

USA

2:25:38

Nell Rojas

USA

2:25:57

Annie Frisbie

USA

2:26:18

Sara Vaughn

USA

2:26:23

Haruka Yamaguchi

Japan

2:26:35

Aliphine Tuliamuk

USA

2:26:50

Maggie Montoya

USA

2:28:07

Hanna Lindholm*

Sweden

2:28:59

Maegan Krifchin

USA

2:29:12

Militsa Mircheva

Bulgaria

2:29:23 (NR)

Jane Bareikis

USA

2:30:04

Sydney Devore

USA

2:31:07

Annmarie Tuxbury

USA

2:31:31

Kaitlin Goodman

USA

2:32:08

Kodi Kleven

USA

2:32:45

Jess Watychowicz

USA

2:33:09

Briana Boehmer*

USA

2:33:20

Nina Zarina

Russia

2:33:22

Jesse Cardin

USA

2:33:34

Savannah Berry

USA

2:33:42

Olivia Pratt

USA

2:34:22

Anne-Marie Blaney

USA

2:34:38

Mckale Montgomery

USA

2:35:01

Liza Howard

Canada

2:35:29

Esther Atkins

USA

2:36:32

Sylvia Bedford

USA

2:36:32

English Jackson Tomlinson

USA

2:36:51

Aisling Cuffe

USA

2:37:23

Rachel Coogan

USA

2:37:40

Claire McCarthy*

Ireland

2:38:26

Ann Centner

USA

2:38:30

Tennille Ellis

Australia

2:39:08

April Lund*

USA

2:39:23

Carmen Hussar*

Canada

2:39:51

Gina Rouse*

USA

2:41:19

Natasha Bliss*

Canada

2:43:28

Julie Lajeunesse*

Canada

2:44:49

Laurie Knowles*

USA

2:44:53

Jennifer Hughes*

USA

2:45:19

Jenny Hitchings*

USA

2:45:32

Hilary Corno*

USA

2:45:34

Rebecca Brown*

Australia

2:45:43

Erika Kemp

USA

Debut

Danielle Moreno

USA

Debut

Maria Coffin

USA

Debut

 

 

BOSTON MARATHON PROFESSIONAL FIELD – WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR DIVISION

^ signifies Boston Marathon Champion

 

NAME

COUNTRY

PERSONAL BEST

Susannah Scaroni

USA

1:27:31

Manuela Schär^

Switzerland

1:28:17 (CR)

Madison de Rozario

Australia

1:31:11

Tatyana McFadden^

USA

1:31:30

Jenna Fesemyer

USA

1:33:50

Christie Dawes

Australia

1:37:12

Vanessa de Souza

Brazil

1:40:23

Aline Dos Santos Rocha

Brazil

1:41:39

Michelle Wheeler

USA

1:45:45

Yen Hoang

USA

1:47:29

Patricia Eachus

Switzerland

1:47:06

Eden Rainbow Cooper

Great Britain

1:47:27

Emelia Perry

USA

1:49:55

Eva Houston

USA

1:59:49

Hannah Dedrick

USA

2:02:23

Hannah Babalola

Nigeria

2:11:42

Marie Emmanuelle Alphonse

Mauritius

 

 

BOSTON MARATHON PROFESSIONAL FIELD – WOMEN’S PARA ATHLETICS DIVISION

 

NAME

COUNTRY

PERSONAL BEST

CLASSIFICATION

Lisa Thompson

USA

3:16:53

T13 (Vision Impairment)

Liz Willis

USA

3:56:31

T64 (Lower-Limb Impairment)

Jacky Hunt-Broersma

USA

5:05:13

T64 (Lower-Limb Impairment)

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.) 

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. The 127th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 17, 2023. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.


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