May 26, 2019
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Joan Benoit Samuelson, Boston Marathon’s first lady, running the race again

Charles Krupa | AP
Charles Krupa | AP
Former Boston Marathon women's division winner Joan Benoit Samuelson, left, poses with her daughter, Abby Samuelson of Portland, Oregon, who had just completed the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said Friday that the two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist will be in the field for the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon.

BOSTON — The first lady of the Boston Marathon is running it again.

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson 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 of 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds, wearing a Red Sox cap.

She returned in 1983 to set a world best of 2:22:43, and the following year won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Benoit Samuelson said 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 Boston in 2015.



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