Big Names Added To 2013 Boston Marathon Field

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The field for this year's Boston Marathon continues to take shape with some big name additions just announced. The three American men who ran in last year's Olympic Marathon — Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman — have committed to run Boston on April 15, according to the race's sponsor, John Hancock.

Hall set an American course record of 2:04:58 with his fourth place finish in the Boston Marathon in 2011. He also placed third in 2009 and fourth in 2010. Keflezighi finished fifth in Boston in 2010 and third in 2006, and just missed a medal in the 2012 Olympic Marathon, finishing fourth. He also won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and won the 2009 New York City Marathon. Abdirahman is a four-time Olympian, and has finished in the top five at both the Chicago and New York City marathons. This will be his first Boston Marathon. Jason Hartmann will also return. He finished fourth at Boston last year.

On the women's side, American Olympians Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher will also be in the field this April. Flanagan and Goucher finished 10th and 11th respectively in the London Olympic Marathon in August. Goucher has been here before. She finished third in 2009 and fifth in 2011. Flanagan, who grew up in Marblehead, Mass., will be running the Boston Marathon for the first time.

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