LIVE UPDATES BOSTON MARATHON RETURNS TO ITS TRADITIONAL SPRINGTIME DATE

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Live updates Boston Marathon returns to its traditional springtime date

The 126th running of the Boston Marathon takes place Monday. with the event returning to its spot on Patriots’ Day. the Massachusetts state holiday. since the coronavirus pandemic forced a cancellation in 2020. and a delay to early October in 2021. The Hopkinton. Mass.. starting line will see 30.000 participants for the oldest annual marathon in the world. beginning with the men’s wheelchair at 9:02 a.m. Eastern. The 26.2 mile course ends on Boylston Street in Boston’s Back Bay. just down the road from Fenway Park. where the Red Sox will be taking on the Minnesota Twins in their traditional 11:10 a.m. game. Here’s what to know The race starts on Main Street in Hopkinton. From there. runners will take Route 135 through Ashland. Framingham. Natick. and will reach the halfway point at Wellesley. The course then joins Route 16 and continues through Newton Lower Falls before turning onto Commonwealth Avenue. with runners going through the Newton Hills. Brookline. Kenmore Square and under Massachusetts Avenue. They’ll turn onto Hereford Street and then Boylston Street. finishing near the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. The marathon will be available on the USA Network from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time. It can also be streamed on Peacock and the NBC Sports app. The race will be replayed on the Olympic Channel at 8 p.m. Boston’s WBZ TV will also provide coverage starting at 4:30 a.m.. with race coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Marathon Monday is shaping up to a potentially ideal weather day along the course. The starting line in Hopkinton at 9:02 a.m.. when the day’s first entrants from the men’s wheelchair division go off. will feature mainly clear skies. with light and variable winds shifting to the northeast and temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s. By noon. around when the first of the elite runners will be nearing the finish line. temperatures in downtown Boston will be in the mid 40s to near 50 with plenty of sunshine and winds from the southeast from 6 12 mph. Return to menu The division of elite female runners who will gather at the starting line in Hopkinton boasts three women who have run under 2 hour. 18 minute marathons and four others who have finished under 2:21. With Dubai and London moving their fast courses to the fall. runners’ options were Tokyo on March 1 and Boston. which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the women’s division. Here are some of the top runners who chose Boston: Peres Jepchirchir and Joyciline Jepkosgei. the world’s No. 1 and 2 ranked marathoners respectively. have both won the New York City Marathon (in 2:22) and held the world record in the half marathon. Jepchirchir’s NYC victory followed her gold medal for Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics in August. The two have faced once another only once. in the 2020 Valencia Marathon won by Jepchirchir (2:17:16 to Jepkosgei’s 2:18). Edna Kiplagat. who has won NYC. London. Boston and is a two time world champion. may give them a run for their money. In 22 World Marathon Majors races. she has finished in the top five 17 times and top three 13 times. This is her fifth Boston Marathon and she has placed first. ninth. second and second again in October. American Molly Seidel finished 26 seconds behind Jepchirchir at the Tokyo Olympics. winning bronze. Her 2:27.46 was 10 seconds off Brigid Kosgei’s world record. (Kosgei won the Tokyo Marathon last month and was the silver medalist at the Olympics.) Although Seidel has not run the Boston race. she has lived and trained in Boston. Return to menu Until the 125th Boston Marathon last fall. Para athletes competed in the race in their own starting wave. Now. for the second marathon. Para athletes will compete in their own division. Leading the way in the Para Division will be Adrianne Haslet. who lost her foot in the 2013 Marathon bombing and has been an advocate for the creation of the division. She’ll be running with Shalane Flanagan. the four time Olympian. New York City…

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