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BOSTON -John Hancock Financial has announced the Elite USA Team for the 117th running of the Boston Marathonon Monday, April 15, 2013. The strong U.S. team, recruited to compete with a deep international field, includes Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Abdi Abdirahman,Jason Hartmann, Fernando Cabada,Serena Burla, Stephanie Rothstein, and Alissa McKaig. The group joins previously announced Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan.
Ryan Hall has run Boston three times and set an American course record of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 58 seconds with his fourth place finish in 2011. He also placed third in 2009 and fourth in 2010. Hall is a two-time Olympian and holds the North and Central American records in the 20K, the Half Marathon and the 30K. Most recently he finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Meb Keflezighi, a three-time Olympian, placed fifth in Boston in 2010 and third in 2006. Most recently Keflezighi finished fourth at the 2012 London Olympic Marathon after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon. Other major accomplishments include winning the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and winning the 2009 New York City Marathon.
“As I come towards the end of my running career, there are still a few goals I want to achieve; winning the Boston Marathon is one of them,” said Keflezighi. “The fans and crowds in Boston are amazing! Both times I’ve run the Boston Marathon I was cheered on enthusiastically. I hope the third time is the charm!”
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