Boston Marathon: five runners and why they’ll be at the starting line

‘I know there is a strong team this time around. But even last time it was strong. I trust myself. I trust my training.’ – Sharon Cherop (Brian Snyder/Reuters/File)

Sharon Cherop is part of the so-called elite field for the Boston Marathon. These runners, who will vie for the championship medals, hail from a dozen countries and numbered 46 as of March 3. Ms. Cherop, a Kenyan, won the women’s race in 2012.

Last year in Boston, she placed third. In fact, she crossed the finish line so far ahead of the bombings that she was already back at her hotel and in the shower when she found out what happened. “I heard something on the TV outside of the bathroom,” she says. “People were crying outside, and then we realized it was a bomb blast.”  Read more…

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