HOPKINTON (CBS) – The Boston Marathon 2019 could end up looking a lot like the 2018 race.
The good news – Des Linden she has the opportunity to become the first American woman to win consecutive titles in 48 years.
The bad news is that the rain is on Monday's forecast, just like last year, when runners were soaked in one of the wettest Boston marathons in recent memory. However, this time it will be much warmer and wetter, and much of the rain should leave Hopkinton at 9 a.m. There is also the possibility of lightning before the race. After that, the covered clouds could be diluted and broken to allow the sun to enter the clouds.
Local favorite Shalane Flanagan It is not running this year. The four-time elite runner of the Boston Marathon and native of Marblehead will be part of the broadcasting team of the WBZ-TV marathon.
9 PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS
Nine former champions will run on Monday.
Read: Meet the elite runners
The returning male champions are:
2018: Yuki Kawauchi from Japan
2017: Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya
2016: Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia
2015 and 2013: Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia.
2012: Wesley Korir from Kenya
The returning winners are:
2018: Des Linden of the USA
2017: Edna Kiplagat from Kenya
2015: Caroline Rotich from Kenya
2012: Sharon Cherop from Kenya
The surprise finalist of last year will also run again. Joining Linden in the United States elite team 2019 are Sarah Sellers, which drove through the rain to place second in 2018, and Jordan hasay, who was third in Boston in 2017 when he established the fastest US debut of all time.
On the side of men, Shadrack Biwott He returns after finishing third and fourth in his last two at-bats in Boston. He was joined by a field that includes tons of Olympic success, including Jared Ward, who finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic marathon, three times Olympic Dathan Ritzenhein, the third fastest marathoner in the United States of all time, and four times Olympic Abdi Abdirahman.
There are some changes in this year's race. There is no separate start for people with reduced mobility. Now you will start with your wave pen appropriate for the weather.
As a novelty in 2019, the first wave of runners will start now at 10:02 a.m., giving elite men their own start, as well as elite women. The elite runners are the only ones eligible for the cash prize.
Here are the official start times:
|Wheelchair for men||9:02 a.m.|
|Wheelchair for woman||9:04|
|Handcycles / duos||9:25|
|Wave 4||Follow wave 3|
TO WHOM YOU SEE
Des Linden is trying to become the first American woman to finish the first two consecutive years since Sara Mae Berman returned in 1971.
Yuki Kawauchi, the first Japanese to win Boston since 1987, is back to defend his title and his mother is also running. Mika Kawauchi, 54, will be in the fourth round.
Female wheelchair defending champion. Tatyana McFadden from Maryland will seek his sixth Boston title.
Joan Benoit Samuelson he is also back. She runs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her historic first victory.
"My goal is to run within 40 minutes of my time 40 years ago, which would be sub-3: 15: 35," he said last month. "I could also celebrate during an anniversary year, while I still can!"
Five years after his historic victory in the Boston Marathon, Meb Keflezighi will return as the Grand Marshal of this year. Once again he will lead the field in the 26.2-mile field, but this time he will drive an SUV.
NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson He will run his first marathon on Monday, two days after a NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia.
Actors Jared and Genevieve Padalecki, the husband and wife who star in the Supernatural program, are running to raise money for Dream Big! which provides opportunities for young girls to play sports.
The former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi He will run for his own team, the Tedy Team, which creates awareness about stroke and heart disease and supports survivors.
And WBZ-TV will have two runners in this year's race: chief meteorologist Eric Fisher and journalist and presenter Katie Brace.
Prepare for the crowds. More than half a million spectators will line up the course on Monday.
The Boston Athletic Association has developed a table for optimal viewing times if you want to see one of the waves looming at the many observation points along the course.
Read: Mile-by-mile guide
More than 30,000 people will run the Boston Marathon 2019, thousands of them to local charities, which raised $ 36.6 million in last year's race.
The weather could be a new factor on Monday. Runners and spectators can expect early rain and wind, but warmer temperatures this year.
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For more information about the Boston Marathon 2019, visit B.A.A. website
WBZ-TV is the exclusive local broadcaster of the Boston Marathon. Pre-race coverage begins at 7 a.m. followed by coverage at 9 a.m. The coverage of WBZ-TV will be transmitted on CBSBoston.com starting at 9 a.m. The transmission is limited to New England.