Elite American marathoners Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila, and Kara Goucher are scheduled to run the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, race sponsor John Hancock announced Wednesday. It will be the first post-Olympic marathon for all three runners.
Flanagan, a native of Marblehead, will be making her Boston debut. She holds the American records in the indoor 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter races, as well as the outdoor 10,000-meter race.
Davila was the runner-up in Boston in 2011, setting an American course record of 2:22:38. Goucher returns to Boston for the third time. In 2009, she shared the lead until the final meters and finished third.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th 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