Kara Goucher is returning for her second Boston Marathon after finishing third in 2009. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)2013 will be Goucher’s third Boston Marathon. She finished third in 2009, and fifth in 2011.
Kara Goucher The 32-year-old is a new mom, giving birth to her son in September, 2010.
Her personal best is a 2:25:53, which she ran in her marathon debut in New York City in 2008. It is the third fastest time on record for an American woman marathoner, behind only Deena Kastor and Joan Benoit Samuelson. (Photo by Photo Run/New York Road Runners-Pool/Getty Images)
Ryan Hall is returning for his third attempt at a win in Boston. At the 2009 Boston Marathon, Hall finished third in a time of 2:09:40. He bested that time in 2010, with a finish of 2:08:41, though it was only good enough for fourth place. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Ryan Hall placed tenth in the Olympic marathon in the 2008 Beijing Games. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)He finished third in 2009 and fourth in 2010, and is looking to finish with an even better time in 2013.
He comes into Boston having split from his longtime coach last fall. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Blake Russell ran her personal best of 2:29:10 in the Chicago Marathon back in 2005. Finishing third at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Boston in 2008, Blake Russell went on to compete for the U.S. in the Beijing Games. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
In 2009 she gave birth to her son Quin. Now 35 years-old, Russell is hoping to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Desiree Davila Desiree Davila ran the fastest marathon by an American woman in 2010. She recorded a time of 2:26:20 at the Chicago marathon, putting Davila on the books as the fourth fastest American female marathoner of all time, right behind Kara Goucher. The 27-year-old trains previously ran the Boston Marathon in 2007, when she finished 18th. (credit: Brooks Running blog)
Brett Gotcher Brett Gotcher was a late add to the 2011 Boston Marathon elite field, when fellow American Antonio Vega had to withdraw because of injury. His personal best in the marathon distance was recorded in his marathon debut last year in Houston, when he finished in 2:10:36. (credit: McMillan Elite)
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