Boston Champions & Global Stars Set to Square Off at 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America

January 11, 2024

Evans Chebet, Marcel Hug, Sissay Lemma among those competing in the Professional Men’s Field on Patriots’ Day

BOSTON/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America will feature the strongest women’s field in race history, led by defending champions Hellen Obiri and Susannah Scaroni. A total of 19 women with personal bests under 2:23:00 will line up in Hopkinton aiming to earn the Open Division crown, including Olympians, Abbott World Marathon Majors winners, and national stars. In the Wheelchair and Para Athletics Divisions, Paralympic hopefuls from around the world are set to compete.

“The Boston Marathon is proud to showcase the world’s best athletes year in and year out on Patriots’ Day,” said Jack Fleming, President and CEO of the Boston Athletic Association. “This year’s women’s field is exceptionally fast and showcases many who’ve been podium finishers on the global stage. It’ll make for an exciting race from Hopkinton to Boston, and we look forward to crowning our champions on April 15.”

Women from 20 countries will be competing as part of the Bank of America Professional Athlete Team.

“Each year, the Boston Marathon sets the bar higher with an unbelievable level of athletic talent, and its impact on communities around the world,” said David Tyrie, chief digital officer and chief marketing officer, Bank of America. “The 128th Boston Marathon builds on a rich history and will continue to be an inspiration for all athletes.”


Hellen Obiri, a two-time Olympic silver medalist from Kenya now living in Colorado, won the 2023 Boston Marathon thanks to a perfectly-timed sprint in the final mile. Adding to her trophy case, Obiri also took home the 2023 B.A.A. 10K title in June and the TCS New York City Marathon crown in November.

“I am excited to return to the 2024 Boston Marathon to try to defend my title,” said Obiri, who finished last year’s race in 2:21:38. “Boston is an historic race and I would like to add my name further to its history on April 15. Winning such an historic marathon with my family waiting at the finish line was an amazing experience.”

A trifecta of Ethiopians with lifetime bests under 2:18:00 will take to the Boston course. Worknesh Degefa, the 2019 Boston Marathon champion, returns, while 2:17:36 marathoner Tadu Teshome will make her Boston debut and Hiwot Gebremaryam aims to improve upon her eighth-place finish last year. Also from Ethiopia is World championships medalist Senbere Teferi; she won the 2022 B.A.A. 5K in a course record 14:49 and has shown talent at the longer distances. Experienced marathoner Ababel Yeshaneh –second in 2022 and fourth in 2023— will try to become the seventh woman from Ethiopia to win the olive wreath in Boston.

Joining Obiri from Kenya are 2022 World Athletics Championships Marathon silver medalist Judith Korir; two-time Boston Marathon winner Edna Kiplagat; four-time top-ten finisher Mary Ngugi; and 2022 TCS New York City Marathon champion Sharon Lokedi. Helah Kiprop, who holds a silver medal in the marathon from the 2015 World Athletics Championships and has earned wins in Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Paris, makes her second career Boston start. From Morocco is 2023 World Athletics Championships Marathon bronze medalist Fatima Gardadi.

Desiree Linden leads the American contingent six years after winning the 2018 title. Linden has finished in the top-five five times, and holds the third fastest time by an American ever on the Hopkinton-to-Boston route (2:22:38). Linden will run her fifth U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February. Joining her is Emma Bates who finished fifth last year in the second-fastest time ever by an American woman at Boston (2:22:10).

“At this point in my career it’s an easy decision to return to the Boston Marathon and make it my top priority race of the spring,” said Linden. “I can’t wait to take on the iconic course for an 11th time and have the opportunity to mix it up with some of the best runners in the world.”


Not even a loose wheel could stop Susannah Scaroni from winning the 2023 Boston Marathon Wheelchair Division. Scaroni etched her name in history with a 5:10 margin of victory, breaking the tape in 1:41:45. She’s back in Boston racing with hopes of repeating.

“I always look forward to competing at the Boston Marathon and am very excited to joining an incredible women’s field again this year to try and defend my title,” said Scaroni.

Challengers to Scaroni include four-time Boston Marathon champion and course record holder Manuela Schär of Switzerland and reigning Paralympic Marathon gold medalist Madison de Rozario of Australia. American Jenna Fesemyer, winner of the 2023 B.A.A. Half Marathon in November, and Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida, five-time winner and third place a year ago, will make a case for the podium.


Liz Willis (T64, lower limb impairment) returns to Boston not only as defending champion, but also as a world record holder having run 1:45:20 at November’s B.A.A. Half Marathon.

“It is exciting to see the Para field expanding as more adaptive women have been encouraged to join the marathon community,” said Willis. “Growth equates to progress working for the betterment of society which ultimately increases the competitive field. I am excited to see so many athletes whom I now call friends returning while also eager to meet many new runners. I anticipate this race to be swifter than ever before! May we rise in strength beyond the once thought impossible.”

Nicole ver Kuilen, second to Willis in last year’s T63-T64 division, is also back, as is past podium finisher and ultra-marathoner Jacky Hunt-Broersma. New to the Boston Marathon is Kelly Bruno (T64), an accomplished ultra-marathoner, triathlete, and Survivor contestant.


Boston Marathon presenting partner Bank of America is supporting all top contenders as part of the Bank of America Professional Athlete Team. Athletes in the Open, Wheelchair, and Para Athletics Divisions will be competing for more than $1 million in prize money.

A course record bonus of $50,000 is available for open and wheelchair athletes, and Para Athletics Division prize money will be offered across seven impairment classifications (increased from five in previous years). A complete prize purse breakdown is available here.

126th Boston Marathon Professional Women’s Fields

 Women’s Open Division Country Personal Best
Tadu Teshome ETH 2:17:36 (Valencia, 2022)
Worknesh Degefa ETH 2:17:41 (Dubai, 2019)
Hiwot Gebremaryam ETH 2:17:59 (Valencia, 2023)
Judith Korir KEN 2:18:20 (Eugene, 2022)
Meseret Belete ETH 2:18:21 (Amsterdam, 2023)
Tiruye Mesfin ETH 2:18:47 (Valencia, 2022)
Worknesh Edesa ETH 2:18:51 (Berlin, 2022)
Zeineba Yimer ETH 2:19:07 (Berlin 2023)
Senbere Teferi ETH 2:19:21 (Berlin, 2023)
Dera Dida ETH 2:19:24 (Berlin, 2023)
Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:19:50 (London, 2012)*
Mary Ngugi KEN 2:20:22 (London, 2022)
Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet ERI 2:20:29 (Eugene) NR
Ababel Yeshaneh ETH 2:20:51 (Chicago, 2019)
Vibian Chepkirui KEN 2:20:59 (Vienna, 2022)
Helah Kiprop KEN 2:21:27 (Tokyo, 2016)
Hellen Obiri KEN 2:21:38 (Boston, 2023)
Emma Bates USA 2:22:10 (Boston, 2023)
Desiree Linden USA 2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)*
Buze Diriba ETH 2:23:11 (Toronto, 2023)
Sharon Lokedi KEN 2:23:23 (New York City, 2022)
Malindi Elmore CAN 2:23:30 (Berlin, 2023)*
Fatima Gardadi MOR 2:24:12 (Xiamen, 2024)
Angie Orjuela COL 2:25:35 (Berlin, 2023) NR
Fabienne Konigstein GER 2:25:48 (Hamburg, 2023)
Jackie Gaughan USA 2:27:08 (Berlin, 2023)
Dominique Scott RSA 2:27:31 (Chicago, 2023)
Grace Kahura KEN 2:29:00 (Sacramento, 2023)
Katie Kellner USA 2:32:48 (Berlin, 2023)
Briana Boehmer USA 2:33:20 (Sacramento, 2021)
Dylan Hassett IRL 2:33:25 (Pulford, 2021)
Parley Hannan USA 2:33:43 (Carmel, 2023)
Sara Lopez USA 2:33:48 (Eugene, 2023)
Annie Heffernan USA 2:34:33 (Lowell, 2023)
Nera Jareb AUS 2:35:00 (Queensland, 2022)*
Johanna Backlund SWE 2:35:10 (Hamburg, 2019)
Argentina Valdepenas Cerna MEX 2:35:34 (Chicago, 2022)*
Ariane Hendrix Roach USA 2:35:39 (Sacramento, 2022)
Michelle Krezonoski CAN 2:36:39 (Sacramento, 2022)
Shannon Smith USA 2:36:43 (Columbus, 2023)
Caroline Williams USA 2:37:01 (Sacramento, 2022)
Gina Rouse USA 2:37:10 (Sacramento, 2023)*
Kim Krezonoski CAN 2:37:20 (Sacramento, 2022)
Abigail Corrigan USA 2:37:45 (Sacramento, 2023)
Marissa Lenger USA 2:38:41 (Chicago, 2022)
Emilee Risteen USA 2:38:46 (Duluth, 2023)
Isabelle Pickett AUS 2:38:46 (Valencia, 2023)
Allie Hackett USA 2:38:52 (Duluth, 2023
Mary Christensen USA 2:38:55 (Big Bear, 2023)
Olivia Anger USA 2:39:13 (Indianapolis, 2023)
April Lund USA 2:39:23 (Houston, 2022)*
Sarah Short AUS 2:39:51 (Valencia, 2023)
Maura Lemon USA 2:40:30 (Valley Cottage, 2023)
Sarah Sibert USA 2:40:31 (Philadelphia, 2022)
Lauren Ames USA 2:40:34 (Valley Cottage, 2023)
Kassie Harmon USA 2:41:48 (Utah Valley, 2023)*
Elizabeth Camy USA 2:42:51 (Sacramento, 2022)*
Alexandra Niles USA 2:43:23 (Hartford, 2022)*
Amber Morrison USA 2:43:50 (Sacramento, 2022)*
Mindy Mammen USA 2:44:01 (Duluth, 2023)*
Ziyang Liu USA 2:44:56 (Eugene, 2023)*

*Denotes Masters Division (40+)

Wheelchair Division Country Personal Best Classification
Susannah Scaroni USA 1:27:31 T54
Manuela Schär SUI 1:28:17 T54
Madison de Rosario AUS 1:31:11 T53
Jenna Fesemyer USA 1:33:50 T54
Wakako Tsuchida JPN 1:34:06 T54
Marie Emmanuelle Naomi Alphonse MRI 1:35:14 T54
Christie Dawes AUS 1:37:12 T54
Vanessa Cristina de Souza BRA 1:40:23 T54
Aline dos Santos Rocha BRA 1:41:39 T54
Michelle Wheeler USA 1:45:45 T54
Patricia Eachus SUI 1:47:06 T54
Eden Rainbow Cooper GBR 1:47:27 T54
Yen Hoang USA 1:47:29 T53
Emelia Perry USA 1:49:55 T54
Hoda Elshorbagy USA 1:58:38 T53
Eva Houston USA 1:59:49 T34
Hannah Dedrick USA 2:02:23 T54
Carmen Ginenez Abad ESP 2:14:48 T54
Para Athletics Divisions Country Classification
Jacky Hunt-Broersma USA T64 (Lower-limb impairment)
Kelly Bruno USA T64 (Lower-limb impairment)
Livea Flor Pereira Rodrigues BRA T12 (Vision Impairment)
Liz Willis USA T64 (Lower-limb impairment)
Nicole Ver Kuilen USA T64 (Lower-limb impairment)


Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.


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