Defending Champion Hellen Obiri Headlines Stacked Women’s Field For 2024 Boston Marathon

The April race boasts a deep field with 19 women having run under 2:23

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The Boston Athletics Association has just unveiled the elite women’s field for the 2024 Boston Marathon.

An international field of women, including former Boston Marathon winners and Olympic medalists, is setting the stage for a historic and thrilling race.

Headlining the list of elite women is reigning Boston Marathon champion Hellen Obiri. 

The 34-year-old Kenyan is coming off a monumental 2023 season, where she not only prevailed on the streets of Boston but also won the New York City Marathon.

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The two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 5,000m on the track is returning to Boston for one thing: victory. 

“I am excited to return to the 2024 Boston Marathon to try to defend my title,” she told Pulse Sports.

“Boston is a historic race, and I would like to add my name further to its history on April 15. Winning such a historic marathon with my family waiting at the finish line was an amazing experience.”

However, taking a second victory in Boston will not be easy for Obiri. She is just one of the 19 elite women who boast a personal best under 2:23:00, with eight of them having run under 2:19:00.

The elite women’s field also includes some of Obiri’s strong Kenyan compatriots, including Edna Kiplagat, a two-time Boston Marathon champion, and Judith Korir, who took the silver medal in the 2022 World Athletics Championships marathon.

Ethiopia will have a strong trio of contenders, including 2019 Boston Marathon winner Worknesh Degefa, Tadu Teshome, and Hiwot Gebremaryam, all of whom have personal bests under 2:18:00.

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After being forced to withdraw from the US Olympic Marathon Trials due to a foot injury she sustained at the 2023 Chicago Marathon, Emma Bates will shift her focus to the Boston Marathon.

Bates was considered one of the top contenders to make the 2024 US Olympic Team for the marathon. She boasts a personal best of 2:22:10 but has been vocal about her confidence in running in the 2:18:00 range.

Bates placed second at the 2021 Chicago Marathon, seventh at the 2022 World Championships, and eighth at the 2022 New York City Marathon.

Adding to a strong American contingent is 2018 Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden

At the 2023 Chicago Marathon, Linden set a new American masters marathon record after running 2:27:35, breaking the previous record held by Deena Kastor by 12 seconds.

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Linden told Pulse Sports, “At this point in my career, it’s an easy decision to return to the Boston Marathon and make it my top priority race of the spring,” 

“I can’t wait to take on the iconic course for an 11th time and have the opportunity to mix it up with some of the best runners in the world.”

The 2024 Boston Marathon promises a highly competitive and historic race among the elite women. With reigning champions and Olympic and World medalists in the mix, April 15 is set to be a thrilling day through the historic streets of Boston.

You can find the full list of elite women racing the 2024 Boston Marathon below:

128th Boston Marathon Elite Women’s Entry List

 NameCountryPersonal Best
Worknesh DegefaETH2:15:51 (Valencia, 2023)
Tadu TeshomeETH2:17:36 (Valencia, 2022)
Hiwot GebremaryamETH2:17:59 (Valencia, 2023)
Judith KorirKEN2:18:20 (Eugene, 2022)
Meseret BeleteETH2:18:21 (Amsterdam, 2023)
Tiruye MesfinETH2:18:47 (Valencia, 2022)
Worknesh EdesaETH2:18:51 (Berlin, 2022)
Zeineba YimerETH2:19:07 (Berlin 2023)
Senbere TeferiETH2:19:21 (Berlin, 2023)
Dera DidaETH2:19:24 (Berlin, 2023)
Edna KiplagatKEN2:19:50 (London, 2012)*
Mary Ngugi-CooperKEN2:20:22 (London, 2022)
Nazret Weldu GebrehiwetERI2:20:29 (Eugene) NR
Ababel YeshanehETH2:20:51 (Chicago, 2019)
Vibian ChepkiruiKEN2:20:59 (Vienna, 2022)
Helah KipropKEN2:21:27 (Tokyo, 2016)
Hellen ObiriKEN2:21:38 (Boston, 2023)
Emma BatesUSA2:22:10 (Boston, 2023)
Desiree LindenUSA2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)*
Buze DiribaETH2:23:11 (Toronto, 2023)
Sharon LokediKEN2:23:23 (New York City, 2022)
Malindi ElmoreCAN2:23:30 (Berlin, 2023)*
Fatima GardadiMOR2:24:12 (Xiamen, 2024)
Angie OrjuelaCOL2:25:35 (Berlin, 2023) NR
Fabienne KonigsteinGER2:25:48 (Hamburg, 2023)
Jackie GaughanUSA2:27:08 (Berlin, 2023)
Dominique ScottRSA2:27:31 (Chicago, 2023)
Grace KahuraKEN2:29:00 (Sacramento, 2023)
Katie KellnerUSA2:32:48 (Berlin, 2023)
Briana BoehmerUSA2:33:20 (Sacramento, 2021)
Dylan HassettIRL2:33:25 (Pulford, 2021)
Parley HannanUSA2:33:43 (Carmel, 2023)
Sara LopezUSA2:33:48 (Eugene, 2023)
Annie HeffernanUSA2:34:33 (Lowell, 2023)
Nera JarebAUS2:35:00 (Queensland, 2022)*
Johanna BacklundSWE2:35:10 (Hamburg, 2019)
Argentina Valdepenas CernaMEX2:35:34 (Chicago, 2022)*
Ariane Hendrix RoachUSA2:35:39 (Sacramento, 2022)
Michelle KrezonoskiCAN2:36:39 (Sacramento, 2022)
Shannon SmithUSA2:36:43 (Columbus, 2023)
Caroline WilliamsUSA2:37:01 (Sacramento, 2022)
Gina RouseUSA2:37:10 (Sacramento, 2023)*
Kim KrezonoskiCAN2:37:20 (Sacramento, 2022)
Abigail CorriganUSA2:37:45 (Sacramento, 2023)
Marissa LengerUSA2:38:41 (Chicago, 2022)
Emilee RisteenUSA2:38:46 (Duluth, 2023)
Isabelle PickettAUS2:38:46 (Valencia, 2023)
Allie HackettUSA2:38:52 (Duluth, 2023
Mary ChristensenUSA2:38:55 (Big Bear, 2023)
Olivia AngerUSA2:39:13 (Indianapolis, 2023)
April LundUSA2:39:23 (Houston, 2022)*
Sarah ShortAUS2:39:51 (Valencia, 2023)
Maura LemonUSA2:40:30 (Valley Cottage, 2023)
Sarah SibertUSA2:40:31 (Philadelphia, 2022)
Lauren AmesUSA2:40:34 (Valley Cottage, 2023)
Kassie HarmonUSA2:41:48 (Utah Valley, 2023)*
Elizabeth CamyUSA2:42:51 (Sacramento, 2022)*
Alexandra NilesUSA2:43:23 (Hartford, 2022)*
Amber MorrisonUSA2:43:50 (Sacramento, 2022)*
Mindy MammenUSA2:44:01 (Duluth, 2023)*
Ziyang LiuUSA2:44:56 (Eugene, 2023)*
Table data:

*Denotes Masters Division (40+)

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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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