Boston Marathon 2019: The 2019 Boston Marathon is set to see a mighty hoard of 30,000 runners take to the city’s streets today. One of the most anticipated athletic events in Boston is finally here as runners and bystanders flock to the Hub for the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday.
Boston Marathon 2019: The 123rd Boston Marathon has 30,349 entrants, who start in Hopkinton and traverse 26.2 miles en route to the Boylston Street finish line. Boston is the world’s oldest annual marathon, inspired by the first Olympic marathon in Athens in 1896. A Boston Marathon finish-line camera will live stream from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ET on Monday.
The Boston Marathon on Monday is expected to be a lot like last year’s race: rainy and windy, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Because of that, the Boston Athletic Association has compressed the waves of starters, announcing that runners in the fourth wave will immediately follow the third to reduce the among of time competitors have to wait in the Athletes’ Village.
Apart from the weather, American women have to hope they can duplicate last year’s race when Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the 26.2-mile race in 33 years and Sarah Sellers was a surprising second. Linden and Sellers will return, but Shalane Flanagan, the four-time Olympian and 2017 New York City Marathon winner, is keeping to her promise to take a break from running.
“I think with Des and I in that year, with me winning in New York and then that spring her winning Boston, I think it has really changed the perspective, the outlook, and the confidence of American women,” Flanagan recently said (via WBZ). “I feel like the American women have this swagger about them. They look at Des and I and think ‘If they can do it, why can’t I?’
“It’s that whole concept of seeing people like you and feeling like if they can do it, why can’t I have that moment,” she continued. “That self-belief becomes a lot larger and the bar is completely blown out of the water. The expectations are much higher now, and that’s a fun place to be, to really be dreaming of these wins.”
Also in the field are Jordan Hasay (who was third at Boston in 2017), Sally Kipyego and Sara Hall.
“I think Des and I grew up with a chip on our shoulder. We were always told, ‘The East Africans are just better than you, you can’t compete with them.’ I was told that a lot growing up, that I wasn’t good enough or talented enough,” said Flanagan. “We always thought we just had to work harder, and sometimes working harder was a bit of a self-sabotage, because you get injured trying to risk for big moments.”