World record holder Eliud Kipchoge will race the Boston Marathon for the first time on April 17.
Kipchoge, who at September’s Berlin Marathon lowered his world record by 30 seconds to 2:01:09, has won four of the six annual major marathons — Berlin, Tokyo, London and Chicago.
The 38-year-old Kenyan has never raced Boston, the world’s oldest annual marathon dating to 1897, nor New York City but has repeated in recent years a desire to enter both of them.
Typically, he has run the London Marathon in the spring and the Berlin Marathon in the fall.
Kipchoge’s last race in the U.S. was the 2014 Chicago Marathon, his second of 10 consecutive marathon victories from 2014 through 2019. He will become the first reigning men’s marathon world record holder to race the Boston Marathon in more than 40 years, according to race records.
In 2024 in Paris, Kipchoge is expected to race the Olympic marathon and bid to become the first person to win three gold medals in that event.
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