THIS WAS THE HEADLINE on the Boston Athletic Association's news release page of its website December 11, 2017. “John Hancock today announced its strongest U.S. Elite Team since its principal sponsorship began in 1986.” The 15-member SUPER TEAM was recruited by the sponsor to challenge an “accomplished international field” of top runners on the third Monday in April 2018.
The U.S. WOMEN’S side will include:
U.S. MEN runners will feature:
The BAA.org article lists each runner and provides information and credentials that explain each person’s inclusion as an elite. The international runners are impressive as well and will be featured in an upcoming post.
On the topic of elite U.S. marathoners, Shalane Flanagan deserves further mention. She has words of advice for all who will be watching her that day who also seek to achieve top performance, in “Eight Life Lessons from One of America’s Best Marathoners”, written by Brad Stulberg for Medium.com.
While I am not in the position to critique the wisdom of her words with regard to top performance, I can tell you what thoughts crept into my non-elite mind while reading the lessons laid down by Flanagan as important.
Trust Your Training:
If you've never been caught up in the excitement of this race, as perhaps in the Olympics, maybe this year is the best one to try. Plan ahead to view on TV or by live streaming.
After all the winter storms, the people of New England should be in the mood for non-snowy excitement. The crowd is sure to be eager to cheer for and witness a spectacular performance . There will be many strong competitors from the USA and other countries trusting in their training and going all out for a victory.
Just as in the Ancient Olympics, winners are tradionally crowned with a wreath of laurel branches.
Follow the Earned Runs blog for more Boston Marathon-related posts leading up to April 16.
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