May 22, 2018
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Joan Benoit Samuelson to run Boston Marathon

The Associated Press

BOSTON — Olympic Gold medalist and two-time Boston Marathon champion Joan Samuelson will compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday for the first time since 1993. 

Samuelson, 53, will start among the Elite Women at 9:32 a.m. The field will include approximately 67 of the race’s top female marathoners.

Samuelson won the 1979 Boston Marathon in an American record time of 2:35:15, and she established a world record at the 1983 Boston Marathon in 2:22:43. That performance is still the fourth fastest time in race history.

“Boston is a special race for me,” Samuelson said. “The crowds know and appreciate the athletes competing and their accomplishments, and they never disappoint with their encouragement and enthusiasm. I look forward to experiencing their energy and excitement.”

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