Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder in marathon running, is set to participate in his first Boston Marathon on Monday.
This is part of his dream to win all six major marathons around the world. The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon, dating back to 1897.
Kipchoge has already won the Berlin, Tokyo, London, and Chicago marathons, leaving only Boston and New York on his list.
Despite being the only athlete to run a sub two-hour marathon distance, Kipchoge has no intention of attempting to break the course record of 2 hours 3 minutes and 2 seconds set by fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in 2011.
Instead, he is solely focused on winning this race.
He has visited the course and is unfazed by the challenging terrain, which includes significant drops and climbs throughout the 26.2-mile route.
Kipchoge, who is 38 years old, does not believe age will affect his performance.
As long as his muscles can handle the training, he believes he can continue running at an elite level.
However, he will face tough competition in the Boston field, which includes five out of six world major marathon winners from 2022.
Competitors like Evans Chebet and Benson Kipruto are expected to give him a run for his money.
In the women’s race, there are also several top runners, including Amane Beriso, Joyciline Jepkosgei, Lonah Salpeter, and Gotytom Gebreslase.
These women have all finished under 2 hours and 18 minutes in previous races.
The Boston Marathon holds particular significance this year as it marks the 10th anniversary of the bombing that occurred near the finish line.
A commemorative event will take place on Saturday, with former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz serving as Grand Marshal for Monday’s race.
The bombing was carried out by two men of Chechen-Kyrgyzstani-American descent, resulting in three deaths and almost 300 injuries.
One attacker died in a shoot-out with police, while the other was convicted and sentenced to death.