The reigning New York Marathon champion, Sharon Lokedi will lead a stellar team at the 127th edition of the Boston Marathon that will be held on Monday, April 17, 2023 on Patriots’ Day in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Lokedi who will also be making her debut here, stunned many as she ran away with the New York Marathon title with a personal best of 2:23.23. The 28 year-old will face off with the third fastest woman in the world Amane Beriso from Ethiopia, who improved her marathon personal best by nearly six minutes at the 2022 Valencia Marathon, placing third on the world all-time list with a time of 2:14.58. The Kenyan will also have to get past the World Marathon bronze medallist, Lonah Salpeter from Israel, who comes to this race with a life time best of 2:17.45 that she got in 2020 at the Tokyo Marathon where she took the honors.
The 2014 World Half silver medallist, Mary Ngugi from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Ababel Yeshaneh who finished in second and third last fall at the Boston marathon will be present and gearing for the top podium finish. Ngugi holds a personal best of 2:20.22 that she got last year at the London Marathon where she finished in seventh while Yeshaneh holds a personal best of 2:20.51 that she got in 2019 at the Chicago Marathon, where she took the silver.
The 2018 World Half Marathon Championships Silver medallist, Joyciline Jepkosgei, will also be on the start line as she fights to dethrone the four. The 30 year-old is a past winner of the New York City and London Marathons. Jepkosgei comes to this race with the second fastest time on paper of 2:17.43 that she got at the 2021 London Marathon, where she took the honors.
Kenya’s Sheila Chepkirui who will be making her Boston Marathon debut, comes to this race with a life time best of 2:17:29 that she got last year when finishing third in Valencia.
The 2012 World U20 3000m silver medallist, Hiwot Gebremaryam from Ethiopia will also fight for the top honors. Gebremaryam who also holds the Generali Milano Marathon All-comers’ record holder, was also the runner-up in Berlin in 2021 and third at the B.A.A. Half Marathon in 2022.
Among the American contingent are Sara Hall, Aliphine Tuliamuk, Emma Bates, Nell Rojas, Dakotah Lindwurm, Laura Thweatt, Annie Frisbie, Sara Vaughn and Erika Kemp. Rojas has finished as the top American at Boston two years in a row (fifth in 2:27:12 in October 2021 and tenth, 2:25:57 in April 2022), while Hall and Bates finished fifth and seventh, respectively, at the 2022 World Athletics Championships Marathon in Eugene.
“All of us at the Boston Athletic Association are eager to welcome every member of the 127th Boston Marathon women’s professional field to Boston,” said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A.