Two-time Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge will run in the 2023 Boston Marathon. It's his first time competing in the race, which is set for April 17, 2023 and will be broadcast on ESPN.
Kipchoge won the Olympic marathons in 2016 (Rio de Janeiro) and 2020 (Tokyo). He won the 2022 Berlin Marathon in a world-record time of 2:01:09. Kipchoge has said he wants to compete in all six world marathon majors; Boston is his fifth. He has never run the New York Marathon as well.
Defending Boston and New York marathon champion Evans Chebet, 2021 winner Benson Kipruto (the 2022 Chicago Marathon champ) and two-time winner Lelisa Desisa are also entered, as is reigning world champion Gotytom Gebreslase. It is also Gebreslase's first trip to Boston.
Des Linden, the last American woman to win the race (in 2018) has also committed to run in Boston. Two other former winners are back -- Edna Kiplagat (2017) and Atsede Baysa (2016).
"Each year, the B.A.A. prides itself on bringing the best runners in the world together to battle on the famed course from Hopkinton to Boston," said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. "History and heritage are two cornerstones of the Boston Marathon. This year's race brings those elements to the forefront as world record holder and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and six Boston Marathon champions battle on Patriots' Day."