This year marks the 117th consecutive race of the BAA Boston Marathon, promising to highlight the dramatic sportsmanship and historic lore that this storied race has exhibited in the past. Boston has become one of the best proving grounds for both world-class athletes and citizen runners who train hard each day in the context of their busy lives. Some of the most triumphant moments in the sport have taken place on the 26.2ml trek from Hopkinton to Boylston Street, as the inspiring lore of this race is practically endless. In this year’s elite field, fans of the sport can expect to see a very close race in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Reigning champions Wesley Korir and Sheron Cherop are returning to Boston this year, and will have to defend their titles among one of the deepest marathon fields ever assembled.
American running idol Ryan Hall, who was touted as one of the original favorites for 2013, will be sitting-out of this year’s Boston Marathon. Following set-backs in both 2011 and 2012, including dropping-out of the Olympic Marathon last summer, Hall is still mending a quadriceps strain that has prevented his training from taking full form in recent months. Also unable to compete due to injury, 2:03 marathoner Moses Mosop of Kenya.
In the past, Boston has always been a place for dim stars to shine at their brightest, so keep an eye out for exciting breakthroughs amid the crowds at the 2013 Boston Marathon. These are 10 Athletes to Watch at the Boston Marathon and Why You Should Care.
Peyton Hoyal is a graduate of Berry College in Rome, GA where he was a 2009 NAIA Track & Field All-American. Working as a high school teacher and coach in Blowing Rock, NC, Peyton still competes at a high level today and has aspirations to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials, pursue races in the mountain/trail arena, and help others achieve their goals in the sport.
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