Geoffrey Kirui, Edna Kiplagat Set To Defend Boston Marathon Titles

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By David Monti, @d9monti
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(06-Dec) -- Reigning Boston Marathon champions, Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, have committed to defending their titles at the 2018 edition of the world's oldest, continuously run marathon on Monday, April 16.  The news came from the event's long-time sponsor, John Hancock, which both funds and organizes the elite tier of the race in partnership with event founder and owner, the Boston Athletic Association.  The 2018 race will be the 121st edition, always held on the third Monday in April.

Both Kirui and Kiplagat scored convincing victories at Boston last April.  Kirui, who went on to win the world marathon title last August, won last year's men's contest in a late race, two-man battle against American Galen Rupp.  He clinched the win by running 14:34 for the segment between 35 and 40-kilometers., stopping the clock at 2:09:37.  He won $150,000 in prize money.

"2017 was a wonderful year for me with winning both Boston and the World Championships," Kirui said through a statement.  "I'm happy to return to Boston to defend my title. The tremendous atmosphere, the great history and legendary course all suit me very well."

Kiplagat got her first Boston title with an explosive move at the 30-K mark, covering the next five kilometers in a snappy 16:01, which included the legendary climb up Heart Break Hill.  Like Kirui, she also competed in last August's IAAF World Championships and won the silver medal.  The two-time world marathon champion also raced the TCS New York City Marathon last month, taking fourth.

"I am so happy to accept the invitation from John Hancock to return to Boston next year as the defending champion of this historic race," Kiplagat said through a prepared statement. "After racing all around the world, it was so special for me to run on Boston’s historic course and experience the Boston traditions with my family. I could see first-hand how special the city of Boston, all the towns along the course, and the community is to so many people. And of course, I look forward to the challenge next April of once again racing against the world’s best athletes."

The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, the premiere series of marathon races which includes the commercial marathons in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, New York, and Tokyo plus the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships marathons in the years those events are held.  The Majors are currently in the middle of Series XI which will conclude at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

"In their Boston debuts last April, both Geoffrey and Edna raced with confidence from the start, pulled away late, and solidified their spots in Boston Marathon lore," remarked Boston Athletic Association CEO Tom Grilk. "We're excited to welcome these world-class athletes back as part of the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team."

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By Rich Sands, @sands© Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

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By Rich Sands, @sands(c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

Photo: Liz Costello (third from right, back row) visiting Public School 1 in New York City in advance of the 2018 United Airlines NYC Half.  

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