Galen Rupp, who earned bronze at the Olympic Marathon in August, is scheduled to run Boston for the first time. It will be interesting to see how he tackles a hilly point-to-point course. His first two marathons —the U.S. Olympic Trials in Los Angeles and the Rio Games— were flat, looped courses.
Rupp is likely to be in contention for the win if he is healthy. When he withdrew from the Houston Half Marathon in January, he said he was battling plantar fasciitis. He competed at the Prague Half Marathon on April 1, where he finished 11th in 1:01:59. It wasn’t the performance he was looking for, and he said after the race that his foot bothered him.
He’s already proven he can beat Boston’s defending champion (they raced at the Olympics), and Rupp’s coach, Alberto Salazar, who won Boston in 1982, rarely sends him into a race he’s in if he’s not ready to perform well. Rupp said on Friday that he’s been pain-free for the past two weeks and is excited to head to Boston.