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Good Luck Boston!

2009 boston marathon bannerToday is the 113th running of the Boston Marathon!

Good luck to all of the runners, including Races in Places Virginia runner, Cathy Polishuk!  We’ll be cheering for you, Cathy and watching the coverage at

Top contenders include (courtesy of

Age: 30 Kenya
Boston Marathon: 1st in 2003 (2:10:11), 2006 (2:07:14), 2007 (2:14:13), and 2008 (2:07:46); 5th in 2005 (2:14:30).
Of note: Last year Cheruiyot became the youngest man to win four Boston Marathons, and the course record-holder could become the first man to win four in a row. He is also the only man to win the Boston and Chicago marathons in the same year (2006).

Age: 26 US
Boston Marathon: Debut
Of note: Hall has been the fastest American marathoner the past two years, setting a record at the US Olympic Marathon Trials (2:09:02) in 2007. In 2006, the Stanford graduate set the American 20K record at the World Championships and a year later he broke the 21-year-old American half-marathon record at the US Championships.

Age: 23 Ethiopia
Boston Marathon: 1st in 2008 (2:25:25).
Of note: Tune returns as the defending champ after barely defeating Russian Alevtina Biktimirova by two seconds last year. Boston was her fourth marathon victory, following Hong Kong in 2006 and Houston in 2007 and 2008.

Age: 30 US
Boston Marathon: Debut
Of note: Goucher drew inspiration from running side-by-side with marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe at the 2007 Great North Run. She made her marathon debut last year in New York, finishing third, and hopes to become the first American woman to win in Boston since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985.

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Also running this year is Boston veteran Bill Rodgers, or as he’s more fondly known as, “Boston Billy.” reports:

Boston, Mass. – Bill Rodgers, whose four Boston Marathon victories between 1975 and 1980 helped popularize the sport of marathon running in the United States, plans to be on the starting line in Hopkinton once again on April 20th, the Boston Athletic Association announced today.

His bib will read “Rodgers,” and his official number will be 79 to honor the 30th anniversary of his 1979 Boston Marathon win. Rodgers, 61, last completed the race in 1996, when he celebrated the 100th Boston Marathon. Then 48, Rodgers ran 2:53:23.

“We couldn’t be happier that Bill has chosen to run again this year,” said Guy Morse, Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association. “Just the name “Bill Rodgers” brings to mind the true spirit and joy of running the Boston Marathon, from the race champions to the age-group athletes to those running to raise funds for charity. The man is known as “Boston Billy” for a reason.”

The 113th Boston Marathon will be the 17th for Rodgers, who last year underwent treatment for prostate cancer. His victories came in 1975, 1978, 1979 and 1980. In his first victory here, running for the Greater Boston Track Club, he broke both the course and American records with his time of 2:09:55, despite stopping four times for a drink of water and once to tie his shoelace. He broke the course and American record again in 1979 with his 2:09:27 win.

This year, he hopes to complete the race in just under four hours, saying he is not seeking any age group records but just wants to run “for the fun of it.”

There’s tons of coverage for this year’s marathon.  Check out these links for news, tips, stories of past and predicted runners, and overall minute-by-minute coverage:

Runner’s World Boston Page – coverage of American front runners Ryan Hall and Kara Goucher, great stories of past wins, miscellaneous facts – spectator guides, coverage of local runners, lots of photo galleries – lots of videos, interviews, and live coverage – Boston’s CBS channel has videos, facts, and streaming coverage – the official Boston Marathon website where you can follow individual runners if you know their bib number and birthday

You can also follow via Twitter: @bostonmarathon

Good luck to all the runners!



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