Des Linden, the winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon, announced on Monday that she will be back to run in the 125th edition of the event on October 11.
The 37-year-old Linden — who has participated in seven Boston Marathons and two Olympics — became the first elite runner to officially commit to the event, and will be a member of the John Hancock Professional Athlete Team.
“The 125th Boston Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race the Boston Marathon in the fall,” Linden told the Boston Athletic Association. “After a hiatus last year, I’m excited to return to the streets of Boston, in front of the best fans in the world, and take part in this historic race.”
Given the ongoing threat of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers canceled the 2020 edition of the marathon and moved the 2021 race to the fall. The field will be reduced from more than 30,000 in 2019 to 20,000.
Registration for the 2021 Boston Marathon begins on Tuesday, April 20 at 10 a.m.
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