Eliud Kipchoge will take part in the Boston Marathon for the first time in his quest to win all six of the world marathon majors.
The race is especially significant as it marks the 10th anniversary of the 2013 bombing, which claimed the lives of three individuals.
Kipchoge, widely regarded as the most dominant marathon runner in the world, has previously won the Berlin, Tokyo, London, and Chicago marathon. His debut in Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon that dates back to 1897, presents a challenge due to its hilly terrain.
However, it’s a necessary step for the 38-year-old two-time Olympic marathon champion and world record holder as he seeks to complete his impressive list of major victories, with only Boston and New York still remaining.
Kipchoge is set to compete in one of the most competitive fields ever assembled for the Boston Marathon on Monday, as he aims to fill one of the remaining gaps in his impressive marathon resume.
Despite being widely regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time and the only person to complete a sub-two-hour marathon, Kipchoge has yet to participate in the Boston Marathon-the world’s oldest annual marathon.
The 38-year-old Kenyan athlete is determined to complete his set of major victories and add the Boston and New York marathons to his impressive list of wins, which includes the Berlin, Tokyo, London, and Chicago marathons.
Although he has played down the possibility of breaking the course record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 seconds set by his compatriot Geoffrey Mutai in 2011, his participation in the race has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation among fans of the sport.
“I’m targeting the win,” he told Letsrun.com in an interview this week when asked if he was aiming for the record.
He has taken the time to visit sections of the Boston Marathon course, and he seems to be unperturbed by the challenging, undulating terrain.
The course begins with a significant drop in elevation over the first four miles before featuring a steep climb from the 16th to the 21st miles. However, it finishes with a downhill section leading to the finish line.
Despite the course’s difficulty, Kipchoge appears to be confident and focused on achieving his goal of adding a Boston Marathon victory to his CV.
“I just ran it in my mind,” he said of the course. “It is a very good course. The hills are there, they are good.”
The Greatest of All Time (GOAT) has dismissed any concerns about his age affecting his performance, stating that he feels just as fresh and motivated in his training as he did earlier in his career/
Kipchoge, 38, remains at the top of his game and is widely considered to be one of the greatest long-distance runners in history. His unwavering dedication to his craft, coupled with his natural talent and disciplined training regime, has enabled him to maintain his impressive form over the years, and he is expected to continue to achieve great things in the sport.
“The challenge is just the training,” Kipchoge said. “If my muscles can handle the training, I don’t think about age. I know my age is coming, and one day I will quit-and that’s okay. But I don’t concentrate on anything about age. I’m doing the program provided by my coach.”
Kipchoge is expected to face stiff competition from five of the six world marathon winners in the 2022 Boston Marathon. His challengers include Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto, both fellow Kenyans, with Chebet winning both the Boston and New York Marathons in 2021, and Kipruto taking the Boston Marathon title in 2021 and the Chicago Marathon in 2020.
The women’s race also features a strong field, including five women who have run under 2 hours and 18 minutes. Notable female runners include Amane Beriso of Ethiopia, who clocked 2:14:58 in Valencia in December, Joyciline Jepkosgei, the 2019 New York and 2021 London Marathon winner, Lonah Salpeter, the 2020 Tokyo Marathon champion, and Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia, the reigning world champion.