American talent Brett Gotcher has been added to the elite field for the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18.
Gotcher ran the fourth fastest American marathon debut in Houston in 2010 and the 2:10:36 he recorded is his personal best. Gotcher represented the United States at the 2009 World Half Marathon Championships and the 2009 World Cross Country Championships.
Accomplished at the national level, Gotcher won the 2009 USATF 20K Championships in 58:57, placed third in the USATF Half Marathon Championships with a personal best 1:02:09, and finished seventh in the USATF Cross Country Championships.
Antonio Vega, the USATF Men’s Long Distance Runner of the Year, has not been able to train properly due to a stress fracture in the pelvis and has withdrawn from this year's race. Vega’s doctors expect the athlete will be back racing in the summer.
“Once I found out that I had a stress fracture, I was extremely disappointed that I would have to miss the Boston Marathon,” said Vega. “Last year I considered the Boston Marathon one of my breakthrough races, and was looking forward to coming back again this year and bettering my performance. As tough as it is to have to sit out this year’s race, I look forward to coming back and running the Boston Marathon in future years.”
Vega won the 2010 US Half Marathon Championships last year in 1:01:54 and then finished 12th at the Boston Marathon. He trains with Team USA Minnesota.
Updated field lists for men and women elites follow:
|Men’s Open Field||Citizenship||Personal Best|
|1||Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot||Kenya||2:05:52 (Boston, 2010) CR|
|2||Geoffrey Mutai||Kenya||2:04:55 (Rotterdam, 2010)|
|3||Ryan Hall||USA||2:06:17 (London, 2008)|
|4||Gilbert Yegon||Kenya||2:06:18 (Amsterdam, 2009)|
|5||Evans Cheruiyot||Kenya||2:06:25 (Chicago, 2008)|
|6||Tadese Tola||Ethiopia||2:06:31 (Frankfurt, 2010)|
|7||Sylvester Teimet||Kenya||2:06:49 (Seoul, 2010) CR|
|8||Bekana Daba||Ethiopia||2:07:04 (Houston, 2011) CR|
|9||Philip Kimutai Sanga||Kenya||2:07:11 (Frankfurt, 2010)|
|10||Shadrack Kiplagat||Kenya||2:07:53 (Amsterdam, 2007)|
|11||Tekeste Kebede||Ethiopia||2:07:23 (Boston, 2010)|
|12||Abreham Cherkos||Ethiopia||2:07:29 (Amsterdam, 2010)|
|13||Deressa Chimsa||Ethiopia||2:07:54 (Dubai, 2009)|
|14||Stephen Kibiwot||Kenya||2:07:54 (Praha, 2009)|
|15||Robert Kipchumba||Kenya||2:08:07 (Xiamen, 2011) CR|
|16||Gebregziabher Gebremariam||Ethiopia||2:08:14 (New York City 2010)|
|17||Moses Kigen Kipkosgei||Kenya||2:10:12 (Nairobi, 2009) CR|
|18||Brett Gotcher||USA||2:10:36 (Houston, 2010)|
|19||Peter Kamais||Kenya||2:14:58 (New York City, 2010)|
|Women’s Open Field||Country||Personal Best|
|1||Teyba Erkesso||Ethiopia||2:23:53 (Houston, 2010) CR|
|2||Catherine Ndereba||Kenya||2:18:47 (Chicago, 2001) NR|
|3||Galina Bogomolova||Russia||2:20:47 (Chicago, 2006)|
|4||Sharon Cherop||Kenya||2:22:43 (Toronto, 2010) CR|
|5||Tirfi Tsegaye||Ethiopia||2:22:44 (Toronto, 2010)|
|6||Merima Mohammed||Ethiopia||2:23:06 (Toronto, 2010)|
|7||Salina Kosgei||Kenya||2:23:22 (Berlin, 2006)|
|8||Caroline Kilel||Kenya||2:23:25 (Frankfurt, 2010) CR|
|9||Dire Tune||Ethiopia||2:23:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)|
|10||Alice Timbilili||Kenya||2:25:03 (Amsterdam, 2010)|
|11||Kim Smith||New Zealand||2:25:21 (London, 2010) NR|
|12||Kara Goucher||USA||2:25:52 (New York, 2008)|
|13||Tatyana Pushkareva||Russia||2:26:14 (Boston, 2010)|
|14||Desiree Davila||USA||2:26:20 (Chicago, 2010)|
|15||Misiker Mekonin Demissie||Ethiopia||2:26:20 (Los Angeles, 2010)|
|16||Silvia Skvortsova||Russia||2:26:24 (Berlin, 2009)|
|17||Werknesh Kidane||Ethiopia||2:27:15 (Dubai, 2011)|
|18||Hellen Mugo||Kenya||2:27:16 (Carpi, 2010)|
|19||Yuliya Ruban||Ukraine||2:27:44 (Frankfurt, 2010)|
|20||Woynishet Girma||Ethiopia||2:27:51 (Amsterdam, 2010)|
|21||Blake Russell||USA||2:29:10 (Chicago, 2005)|
Material from The Boston Athletic Association was used in this report.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes