BOSTON (AP)— Joan Benoit Samuelson plans to run the Boston Marathon again at age 61.
The Boston Athletic Association says the two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist will be in the field on April 15.
Benoit Samuelson was a 21-year-old Bowdoin College student in 1979 when she set an American marathon record and a new women's course record. She finished in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds, wearing a Red Sox cap.
#FridayFlashback: It was 40 years ago when @BowdoinCollege student Joan Benoit (Samuelson), wearing a @RedSox cap, burst onto the marathon scene with an American & course record at the 83rd Boston Marathon. This year, she returns to #Boston2019. Read more: https://t.co/DCjqO4K6BZ pic.twitter.com/wKAyTfdh60— Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon) March 15, 2019
She returned in 1983 to set a world best of 2:22:43. She won the first Olympic women's marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Benoit Samuelson says her goal next month is to run within 40 minutes of the time she clocked in her Boston debut 40 years ago.
She last ran the Boston Marathon in 2015.
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