BOSTON — Monday marks the 127th running of the historic Boston Marathon.
More than 30,000 runners from 100 countries worldwide will make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston, including a number of former athletes.
Longtime Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is running on behalf of the Hoyt Foundation and the Thomas E. Smith Foundation.
Former Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is running on behalf of the Lingzi Foundation.
Former Red Sox utility man Brock Holt is running on behalf of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Former Boston College quarterback and NFL veteran Doug Flutie is running for the Flutie Foundation.
Henry and Bill Richard, the father of Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, are running on behalf of Team MR8.
Former Boston Police Commissioner William Evans is once again running the race.
This year’s race will also include “the strongest contingent of professional athletes in marathon history,” led by two-time Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and reigning world marathon champion Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia. Both athletes will be making their Boston debuts.
Joining them will be defending champion Evans Chebet, two-time winner Edna Kiplagat, 2021 victor Benson Kipruto, and American champion Des Linden.
In the wheelchair division, both Manuela Schär and Daniel Romanchuk return with the goal of earning their fifth and third Boston Marathon titles, respectively.
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