With last year’s Olympic trio of Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, and Abdi Abdirahman all scratched from the Boston Marathon due to fitness or illness, Jason Hartmann, who was fourth here last year, will be the top American hope to end the three-decade domestic drought on Monday. Not that he’s feeling the burden of expectation.
“I’m just here to compete, that’s really all I’m here to do,” said the 32-year-old University of Oregon grad, whose personal best of 2:11:06 was set in Chicago three years ago. “That’s all outside stuff that’s out of my control, so the only thing I can focus on is myself. I don’t really pay attention to the noise. The race will be what it will be at the end of the day.”