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4 Things to Know Ahead of the Boston Marathon 2018

Monday, April 16th, runners will take to the streets, running through 8 different cities and towns, on their way to Copley Square: the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Here’s what you need to know:

The Women’s Field – Following a win at the New York Marathon last year, Shalane Flanagan put off her retirement to prepare for the 2018 Boston Marathon. She has generously shared her journey back to health (following a stress fracture in her back) with the public, as well as her desire to take care of some unfinished business in her hometown race. The United States Women’s field is particularly strong this year, with Jordan Hasay, Desi Linden, and Molly Huddle joining Flanagan. Because the London Marathon is soon after, some of the international competition will not be present at the Boston Marathon. Kipligat will still be there to defend her title, however.

The Men’s Field – Galen Rupp and Geoffrey Kirui, 2nd and 1st finishers from last year’s Boston Marathon, will square off again. Both athletes have had a successful past year, and are showing signs of being faster, healthier, smarter racers. Rupp won the Chicago Marathon this past fall, and ran his fastest ever 13.1 at the Rome Half Marathon in 59:47 (only 4 seconds off of the American record). Kirui added a another marathon to his trophy case last year when he gapped second place by 80 seconds at the World Championships Marathon. As well, the rest of the men’s field is quite deep, offering up plenty of challengers. Depending on conditions, it could be anyone’s race.

Weather – As it goes with many spring races, weather can be a definite factor in athlete performance. This year, accuweather is reporting wind, rain, and temperatures ranging from the mid 40’s into the low 50’s. Winds will be heading out of the east to southeast, 15-30 MPH, which will likely be a headwind for a majority of the course as it winds west to east/northeast. Runners prepared for these conditions will have an edge over their fair weather counterparts.

How to Watch – Live coverage will begin at 6:30 am Mountain time on NBC Sports. LocalCBS Boston will also provide a live stream online beginning at 5:00 am Mountain time.

Want to read more about the race? Check out more coverage from Flotrack here. Are you running Boston? Share your experience and photos with us HERE on Facebook!

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