In her last two marathons, American Shalane Flanagan has set personal-best times.
Last April in the Boston Marathon, a race she led for 19 miles, Flanagan set a then-best 2:22.02. Then 5 months later, she went even better 2:21.21 at the Berlin Marathon. That was the second-fastest marathon time in history for American women. Deena Kastor clocked a 2:19:36 in London 2006.
Monday, she gets another crack at setting a record time in the 119th running of the Boston Marathon.
American Meb Keflezighi is looking to repeat as the men’s elite division winner.
At 39, Keflezighi knows his time is running out on competitive marathons and he said he plans to retire in the next year or two. But in the meantime, he is focused and motivated, telling NESN.com:
I get inspired to get the best out of myself, so when people are struggling to break four and a half hours or five hours, I feel very fortunate they have my back. So I can still push the envelope for as long as I can with my age to get the best out of myself.
Here’s the information you need to know about the 2015 Boston Marathon:
The 119th Boston Marathon
All times Eastern
8:50 a.m.: Mobility Impaired
9:17 a.m.: Wheelchair Division
9:22 a.m.: Handcycle Participants
9:32 a.m.: Elite Women
10 a.m.: Elite Men and Wave One
10:25 a.m.: Wave Two
11 a.m.: Wave Three
11:25 a.m.: Wave Four
Last Year’s Winners:
Men: Meb Keflezighi
Women: Rita Jeptoo
Men’s Wheelchair: Ernst van Dyk
Women’s Wheelchair: Tatyana McFadden
Boston Marathon Course Map