Boston Marathon 2022: Everything you need to know about the second Marathon Major of the year

Our one-stop guide to the 18 April event, which sees Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir making her Boston Marathon debut. Preview, athletes to watch, and more.

By Evelyn Watta

Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist Peres Jepchirchir will headline the women's race at the 2022 Boston Marathon, which returns to its customary Patriots Day (18 April) for the first time since 2019.

The Kenyan's compatriots Joyciline Jepkosgei and Edna Kiplagat, and Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel will offer a stern challenge.

The men's race will see seven of the last eight winners will compete including Kenya's reigning champion Benson Kipruto.

Below, we take a look at the top athletes to watch out for in one of the top events of the 2022 athletics calendar, the route they will follow in Boston, the schedule and how to watch the action.

Seven of the last eight men's Boston Marathon winners will compete in 2022.
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Tokyo star Jepchirchir targets podium

The quality of the women’s race is impressive, with 12 women on the start list having run under 2.23.00

A year after she claimed the Olympic title and the New York City Marathon, Jepchichir has one target: to be the first woman to cross the finish line on Boylston Street.

“My high expectations is to be a winner and I would like to arrive at the day of the race in my best shape,” said Jepchirchir.

The Kenyan will compete with a familiar rival from the Tokyo 2020 podium in Olympic bronze medallist Seidel. The former Boston resident is the third American woman in history to medal in the Olympic marathon.

Two former Boston Marathon champions in 42-year-old Edna Kiplagat (2017 winner), and American Des Linden (2018) will also toe the Boston course again.

The 2022 race will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first official women’s race in 1972.

To mark the occasion, an honorary team comprised of eight women who have made a powerful impact in athletics and human rights will compete. Among the group will be Valerie Rogosheske, one of the original eight finishers in 1972.

All eyes on the returning men's champions

A very strong contingent of men's runners will lock horns on the second stop of the World Marathon Majors, following Eliud Kipchoge's comfortable victory in Tokyo.

Keep an eye on Benson Kipruto, the defending champion from Kenya and his compatriot Lawrence Cherono (2019 Boston winner), Japan’s ‘citizen runner’ Kawauchi Yuki (2018), Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui (2017), and Ethiopian pair of Lemi Berhanu (2016), and Lelisa Desisa (2015 and 2013).

Geoffrey Kamworor, the two-time New York Marathon winner who trains with Kipchoge in Kaptagat, is back in form after being hit by a motorbike in June 2020 and sitting out for a year.

Elite Americans runners Colin Bennie, hoping to improve on his seventh-place finish from 2021, Jake Riley and Jared Ward, will also be challenging for top honours.

Marcel Hug and Tatyana Mc Fadden lead the Wheelchair field

Five-time Boston Marathon wheelchair champion Marcel Hug headlines the men’s wheelchair elite field.

The Swiss world and Boston record holder won four Paralympic gold medals in Tokyo, and will be seeking to add a sixth Boston Marathon title in seven years.

In the women's wheelchair, all eyes will be on the formidable Tatyana McFadden of the USA.

The five-time Boston winner and 20-time Paralympic medallist leads a star-studded field that also includes another five-time Boston champion Wakako Tsuchida from Japan.

Tatyana McFadden competing at the Tokyo Paralympics
Picture by GETTY IMAGES

The course

The Boston Marathon hasn't changed from last year, but does see the number of participants increased to 30,000.

The race starts in Hopkinton, MA and ends on Boylston Street in Boston, MA. The course is flat with the most challenging stretch of the race being the steep incline between 29km-34km (Miles 18-21).The notorious Heartbreak Hill is the last of the four hills in Newton.

The schedule of events

This year’s races will start earlier than previous years with expected rolling starts.

  • Men's Wheelchair - 8:02 am ET.
  • Women's Wheelchair - 8:05 am ET.
  • Handcycles & Duos - 8:30 am ET.
  • Professional Men - 8:37 am ET.
  • Professional Women - 8:45 am ET.
  • Para Athletics Divisions - 8:50 am ET.
  • Rolling Start Begins - 9:00 am ET.
  • Rolling Start Ends - 11:30 am ET.

How to watch

For Boston residents, they can follow the race live by finding a good spot on the spectator guide, or can kick back in their living room as the marathon will be aired lived on CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV from 7:00am (EDT).

NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports App are the exclusive national television and streaming partner for the Boston Marathon for wider America.

Live race coverage will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network and the NBC Sports App 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET.

European marathon fans can tune in on Eurosport.

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