Boston Marathon field includes 5 of 6 U.S. marathoners from Rio
Galen Rupp will run his third career marathon in Boston on April 17, and he’ll be joined by four other members of the U.S. Olympic marathon team from Rio.
All three 2016 U.S. Olympic men’s marathoners -- Rupp, Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward -- are in the Boston Marathon field. As are two of the three female Olympians -- Shalane Flanagan and Desi Linden.
The only member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic marathon team not in the Boston field is Olympic Trials winner Amy Cragg.
Rupp, 30, will debut in the world’s oldest annual 26.2-mile race after winning the Olympic Trials in Los Angeles on Feb. 13 and taking bronze in the Olympic marathon on Aug. 21. Rupp posted the two fastest marathon times by an American in 2016 after never racing longer than a half marathon before this year.
Keflezighi, the 2014 Boston winner, was previously announced for next year’s field. It will mark the 41-year-old’s fifth and final Boston Marathon as an elite racer.
Ward, who finished sixth in Rio, will make his Boston Marathon debut.
Flanagan, a four-time Olympian who finished sixth in the Rio women’s marathon, will race Boston for the fourth time in five years. Her best Boston finish was fourth in 2013, the year the race was rocked by twin bombings.
Linden, seventh in Rio, was the last U.S. woman to make the Boston podium, finishing second in 2011, two seconds behind Kenyan winner Caroline Kilel.
Flanagan and Linden are the second- and fifth-fastest U.S. women’s marathoners of all time.
The Americans will face an international field that includes 2016 Boston winners Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia as well as past winners Wesley Korir of Kenya, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia and Caroline Rotich of Kenya.
The full elite international field is expected to be announced in January.
*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Keflezighi won the 2013 Boston Marathon. He won in 2014.