Yuki Kawauchi, the 2018 champion with 12 legs who once stood at the top of the Boston Marathon will return to the track on October 11th.

The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) – the owner of the Boston Marathon has just announced the list of professional athletes participating in this year’s tournament, including 13 champions from previous seasons.

Among these 13 names, there is a prominent presence of Yuki Kawauchi, a Japanese office worker who won the 2018 championship; Des Linden, a two-time Olympic champion, holds the women’s 50km world record and 2018 champion; Caroline Rotich 2017 champion and two-time world champion Edna Kiplagat, former 2015 champion and 2010 BAA half-marathon first place; Atsede Baysa, 2016 champion, two-time Paris Marathon champion and 2010 Chicago Marathon champion.

In addition to Yuki Kawauchi, the men’s event includes Geoffrey Kirui, the 2017 champion, and the champion Lemi Berhanu, the 2016 winner.

In the wheelchair category, the 2021 Boston Marathon features Manuela Schär, the tournament record holder, champion in 2017, 2019 and 3 times Paralympic medalist. The event also featured Josh Cassidy, 2012 champion and reigning Boston Marathon record holder.

Athletes rejoice at the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019.  Photo: AP.

Athletes rejoice at the finish line at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019. Image: AP.

The fact that Covid-19 is well controlled and vaccination rates high in the US is good news for marathon runners. Therefore, the Boston Marathon 2021 still closes the date for October 11th. The 125th season, which is expected to be limited to about 20,000 attendees, is less than the average for previous years. In addition to the main prize, athletes can receive an additional $ 50,000 if they set a new record.

Boston Marathon is one of the six most prestigious marathons in the world under the World Marathon Majors system, next to the New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. The Boston Marathon brings great economic benefits to the city. According to the Boston Marty Walsh prize pool, every year, this run brings in $200 million to the local economy, and about $36 million is donated by athletes to charitable causes.

To be able to participate in the Boston Marathon, athletes have to go through a very difficult entry-based screening process. The organizers of this run will accept athletes registered according to their performance from top to bottom, giving priority to those with high achievements in the following categories: 20 minutes more than prescribed, more than 10 minutes and more than 5 minutes.

According to statistics on the official Boston Marathon website, for many years now, the number of runners has been eliminated more and more, because the number of registered runners has increased, while the track is limited. In the last two years, the number of athletes eliminated was 5,000 people (2018) and nearly 8,000 people (2019).

Thanh Duong (according to the CHEAPunning Magazine)

In Vietnam, VnExpress is the organizer of the professional marathon system VnExpress Marathon (VM). Athletes can register to participate in VM tournaments, held in Hanoi, Hue, Nha Trang, Ha Long, Quy Nhon here.

Besides, V-Race is a virtual running platform with tournaments held in succession, creating motivation for everyone to practice every day. Click here to join.


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