Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop will attempt to defend their Boston Marathon titles in 2013, the race sponsor, John Hancock Financial, announced on Tuesday.
The 117th Boston Marathon will be April 15.
Korir, a Kenyan who won the 2012 race in heat in the mid- to high 80s, said defending his title is his main goal for 2013.
“The entire world recognizes and respects the Boston Marathon, and I am proudly a Boston Marathon champion forever,” Korir said via a news release.
Cherop, who is also from Kenya, won the 2012 race by two seconds.
“I know that there are some of the best athletes in the world competing in Boston in 2013, but I’ll be ready for the big race,” Cherop said.
- 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