Boston Marathon Global Stars line UP Against Three-Peat Contender Evans Chebet (winner of 6 of his last 7 marathons). Complete Pro Lineup

 Boston Champions & Global Stars Set to Square Off at 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America

Evans Chebet, Marcel Hug, Sisay Lemma among those competing in the Professional Men’s Field on Patriots’ Day 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of B.A.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOSTON— A fast and accomplished professional men’s field will take center stage at the 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America, featuring two-time defending open champion Evans Chebet, wheelchair course record holder Marcel Hug, and the world’s fourth-fastest man Sisay Lemma. Marathon winners from around the world and rising stars will compete as part of the Bank of America Professional Athlete Team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Record holders on the national and world stage will come together in pursuit of the olive wreath on Patriots’ Day,” said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boston Athletic Association. “The men’s professional field features athletes from 28 countries, and blends a mix of Boston veterans and high-profile debutants. We’re anticipating great competition across the Open, Wheelchair, and Para Athletics Divisions.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“When this field toes the line in Hopkinton for the start of the 128th Boston Marathon, the eyes of the world will be watching,” said David Tyrie, chief digital officer and chief marketing officer, Bank of America. “This year’s race and its impact on the global community is shaping up to be second to none.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVANS CHEBET AIMS FOR THREE-PEAT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two-time defending champion Evans Chebet made history in 2023, crossing the finish in 2:05:54 to become the first men’s repeat winner since Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won three-in-a-row between 2006 and 2008. A prolific racer, Chebet has won six of his last seven marathons and knows the Hopkinton-to-Boston route well. A year ago he pressed the pace over the final five kilometers to secure victory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Boston has become like a second home to me and running in Boston is always special – returning as reigning champion even more so,” said Chebet. “Even after having run 28 marathons during my career, the chance to race the 29th in Boston and the fans there give me the motivation necessary to prepare to defend my title. I look forward to hitting the streets there this spring and hearing the enthusiastic crowds along the course.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisay Lemma is coming off a memorable win at the Valencia Marathon in 2:01:48, making him the fourth fastest marathoner in history. He was champion of the TCS London Marathon in 2021 and leads a field of 20 men whose personal bests are below 2:10:00. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Tanzania is 2023 Boston Marathon runner-up and national record holder Gabriel Geay, whose 2:03:00 lifetime best matches that of Chebet. A mainstay on the Boston road racing scene, he’s also won the B.A.A. 10K twice and finished on the podium of the BA.A. Half Marathon twice. Rounding out the men with sub-2:05 lifetime bests are Kenya’s Joshua Belet (2:04:18), Ronald Korir (2:04:22), and Cyprian Kotut (2:04:34), as well as Ethiopians Haftu Teklu (2:04:43) and London and New York City runner-up Shura Kitata (2:04:49). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding to the international field is Olympian and former Japanese marathon national record holder Suguru Osako, who has podiumed in Boston, Chicago, and Tokyo; Norwegian Olympic marathoner Sondre Moen; TCS New York City champion Albert Korir, who was fourth place in 2023; and Zouhair Talbi of Morocco who took fifth place in 2023 and won the Houston Marathon in a course record 2:06:39 last week. Edward Cheserek, the 22-time NCAA Champion at Oregon, will make his Boston Marathon debut. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representing the USA is B.A.A. High Performance Team member Matt McDonald, a 2:09:49 marathoner. CJ Albertson, the world record holder at 50K (31.07 miles) who led the first 20 miles of the 2021 Boston Marathon, will race two months after competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“As a member of the B.A.A. who lives and trains in Boston, I can’t imagine spending Patriots’ Day doing anything other than running the Boston Marathon,” said McDonald. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUG RETURNS AFTER BREAKING COURSE RECORD IN 2023 

Marcel Hug re-wrote the record books in 2023, blitzing a course record of 1:17:06 to claim the sixth Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division title of his career. The Swiss sensation and reigning Paralympic marathon gold medalist will seek another win in April. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Boston Marathon will be my first Abbott World Marathon Major in this Paralympic year,” said Hug. “To cross the finish line first would not only mean to win an iconic and most historic marathon but also to have a good start into this important season giving a mental boost. That’s why I give extra effort in my preparation to make it happen.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hug will go against a pair of Team USA 2024 Paralympians: Daniel Romanchuk and Aaron Pike. Romanchuk is a two-time Boston Marathon champion (2019 and 2022), while Pike placed a career best second at Boston in 2022. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutchman Jetze Plat, third last year, and Canadian Josh Cassidy, a Boston champion, also return, as does 2023 fifth-place finisher Sho Watanabe of Japan. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARA ATHLETICS DIVISION CHAMPIONS RETURN 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A number of Para Athletics Division champions from recent years will compete once again on the roads from Hopkinton and Boston. From Morocco is El Amin Chentouf, the T11/T12 (vision impairment)

 

 

 

 

 

 

champion who finished 50th overall in 2:31:35 in 2023. He’ll race Chaz Davis, a 2016 Paralympian and 2:31:48 marathoner originally from Massachusetts. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half marathon and 10K world record holder Brian Reynolds will again battle Marko Cheseto Lemtukei for top honors in the T62 (lower limb impairment) classification. Cheseto Lemtukei won last year’s title in 2:50:02.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The beauty of our diversity is reflected at the start line of Boston marathon, it doesn’t matter what people are missing, what matters is how different abilities are combined together to create a memorable marathon,” said Cheseto Lemtukei. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Ethiopia is Atsbha Gebre Gebremeskel, the reigning T46 (upper limb impairment) winner in 2:43:57 last year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA SUPPORTING ALL PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Marathon presenting partner Bank of America is supporting all top contenders as part of the Bank of America Professional Athlete Team. Athletes in the Open, Wheelchair, and Para Athletics Divisions will be competing for more than $1 million in prize money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A course record bonus of $50,000 is available for open and wheelchair athletes, and Para Athletics Division prize money will be offered across seven impairment classifications (increased from five in previous years). A complete prize purse breakdown is available here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

128th Boston Marathon Professional Men’s Fields Men’s Open Division  Country  Personal Best 
Sisay Lemma  ETH  2:01:48 (Valencia, 2023) 
Evans Chebet  KEN  2:03:00 (Valencia, 2020) 
Gabriel Geay  TAN  2:03:00 (Valencia, 2022) NR 
Joshua Belet  KEN  2:04:18 (Amsterdam, 2023) 
Ronald Korir  KEN  2:04:22 (Berlin, 2023) 
Cyprian Kotut  KEN  2:04:34 (Amsterdam, 2023) 
Haftu Teklu  ETH  2:04:43 (Berlin, 2023) 
Shura Kitata  ETH  2:04:49 (London, 2018) 
John Korir  KEN  2:05:01 (Chicago, 2022) 
Mohamed Esa  ETH  2:05:05 (Amsterdam, 2022) 
Suguru Osako  JPN  2:05:29 (Tokyo, 2020) 
Sondre Moen  NOR  2:05:48 (Fukuoka, 2017) AR 
Filmon Ande  ERI  2:06:38 (Barcelona, 2021) 
Zouhair Talbi  MAR  2:06:39 (Houston, 2024) 
Isaac Mpofu  ZIM  2:06:48 (Valencia, 2022) NR 
Albert Korir  KEN  2:06:57 (New York City, 2023) 
Kento Otsu  JPN  2:08:15 (Otsu, 2021) 
Ryoma Takeuchi  JPN  2:08:40 (Hofu, 2023) 
Segundo Jami  ECU  2:09:05 (Valencia, 2023) NR 
Tsegay Tuemay  ERI  2:09:07 (Daegu, 2019) 
Matt McDonald  USA  2:09:49 (Chicago, 2022) 
David Nilsson  SWE  2:10:09 (Valencia, 2020) 
Tristan Woodfine  CAN  2:10:39 (Houston, 2024) 
CJ Albertson  USA  2:10:52 (Duluth, 2022) 
Chris Thompson  GBR  2:10:52 (London, 2021) 
Edward Cheserek  KEN  2:11:07 (New York City, 2023) 
Nick Hauger  USA  2:12:59 (Sacramento, 2021) 
Will Nation  USA  2:13:24 (Sacramento, 2021) 
Joseph Whelan  USA  2:13:39 (Duluth, 2019) 
Ilie Alexandru Corneschi  ROU  2:13:39 (Berlin, 2022) 
Patrick Smyth  USA  2:13:47 (Sacramento, 2019) 
Robert Miranda  USA  2:14:43 (Sacramento, 2023) 
Kristoffer Mugrage  USA  2:15:17 (Sacramento, 2022) 
Craig Hunt  USA  2:15:29 (Chandler, 2020) 
Primoz Kobe  SLO  2:15:37 (Rotterdam, 2022)* 
Aaron Gruen  USA  2:15:56 (Valley Cottage, 2023) 
Lorenz Baum  GER  2:15:57 (Cologne, 2023) 
Taiyo Akiyama  JPN  2:16:03 (Tokyo, 2023) 
Andrew McCann  USA  2:17:07 (Sacramento, 2022) 
Matt Rand  USA  2:17:11 (Valley Cottage, 2023) 
Ryan Eiler  USA  2:17:16 (Philadelphia, 2023) 
Prescott Leach  USA  2:17:30 (Sacramento, 2023)* 
Qianyu Cheng  CHN  2:17:33 (Hangzhou, 2022) 
Jason Ayr  USA  2:18:14 (Houston, 2022) 
Grant O’Connor  USA  2:18:28 (Jersey City, 2023) 
Mauricio Mendez Cruz  MEX  2:18:36 (Berlin, 2022) 
Jared Schatz  USA  2:18:49 (Valley Cottage, 2023) 
Jonathan Kotter  USA  2:19:00 (St. George, 2022) 
Brad Kahlefeldt  AUS  2:19:30 (Zurich, 2023)* 
Miguel Morone  BRA  2:19:33 (Berlin, 2023)* 
Dustin Bybee  USA  2:19:48 (St. George, 2023)* 
Giles Rubio  FRA  2:20:14 (Valencia, 2022)* 
Joel Conn  USA  2:20:16 Duluth, 2023)* 
Tyler Butterfield  BER  2:21:47 (Otsu, 2019)* NR 
Miguel Ferrer Muro  ESP  2:21:47 (Valencia, 2022)* 
Roman Fosti  EST  2:22:16 (Tallinn, 2023)* 
Meng-Tsung (Steve) Chu  TWN  2:22:54 (Edmonton, 2023)* 
Yemane Haileselassie  ERI  Debut 
*Denotes Masters Division (40+) Men’s Wheelchair Division  Country  Personal Best  Classification 
Marcel Hug  SUI  1:17:06  T54 
Josh Cassidy  CAN  1:18:25  T54 
Aaron Pike  USA  1:20:02  T54 
Johnboy Smith  GBR  1:20:05  T54 
Kota Hokinoue  JPN  1:20:54  T54 
Daniel Romanchuk  USA  1:21:36  T54 
Rafael Botello Jimenez  ESP  1:22:09  T54 
Jordi Madera  ESP  1:22:10  T54 
Patrick Monahan  IRL  1:22:23  T53 
Sho Watanabe  JPN  1:24:00  T54 
Hermin Garic  USA  1:24:18  T53 
Jeyna Senbeta  USA  1:24:27  T54 
Jetze Plat  NED  1:24:28  T54 
Simon Lawson  GBR  1:25:06  T53 
David Weir  GBR  1:26:17  T54 
Brian Siemann  USA  1:26:46  T53 
Evan Correll  USA  1:27:19  T54 
Jason Robinson  USA  1:29:01  T54 
Phillip Croft  USA  1:30:14  T53 
Jake Lappin  AUS  1:31:17  T54 
Sean Frame  GBR  1:31:18  T54 
Wyatt Willand  USA  1:31:50  T53 
Santiago Sanz  ESP  1:42:05  T52 
Dustin Stallberg  USA  1:44:28  T54 
Fidel Aguilar Zepeda  MEX  1:45:46  T53 
Aidan Gravelle  USA  1:48:04  T54 
Isaiah Rigo  USA  2:14:36  T52 

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