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Reigning champ Evans Chebet among those who will compete against Eliud Kipchoge in Boston Marathon men’s field

Evans Chebet won the Boston Marathon in April 2022.Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

With Eliud Kipchoge entering the race for the first time, the 127th Boston Marathon has one of the toughest men’s fields in recent memory.

The Kenyan runner, who broke his own world record with a 2:01:09 time at the Berlin Marathon last September, has won four of the six World Marathon Majors.

Kipchoge will compete with his compatriot and reigning Boston champion Evans Chebet, along with Kenyan Benson Kipruto, who won here in 2021 in 2:09:51, the Boston Athletic Association announced Wednesday.

Tanazanian national record-holder Gabriel Geay owns the third-fastest personal best in the field (2:03:00, set in the Valencia Marathon in December). Geay won the BAA 10K in 2018 (28:24) and finished fourth (2:07:53) in last year’s Boston Marathon.


Kipchoge will be competing in Boston for the first time.TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images

“The Boston Marathon is known for its competitiveness, with many races decided in the final meters on Boylston Street,” said Mary Kate Shea, BAA director of professional athletes. “This year’s field brings together athletes who’ve excelled at both speed and championship-style racing.

“Combined with the women’s professional field announced on Monday, this will be the fastest and most decorated Boston Marathon across all of our divisions in race history.”

The top Americans in the men’s field include Scott Fauble, from Golden, Colo., who finished seventh in 2022 (2:08:52), CJ Albertson, of Clovis, Calif., who set the 50K world record (2:38:43) in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2022, and Conner Mantz, promising newcomer from Smithfield, Utah, who ran collegiately at Brigham Young.

American Daniel Romanchuk of Mount Airy, Maryland, will defend his title in the wheelchair division, with Swiss Paralympic gold medalist Marcel Hug looking to win his sixth Boston title and improve on his course record (1:18:04).

“Nothing can compare with the excitement and anticipation at the Boston Marathon,” said Romanchuk. “I’m incredibly excited and honored to be part of what should be a great race through the hills and all the way to Boylston Street.”