In April, Sarah Sellers started the Boston Marathon with the elite female runners — it was just her second career marathon — and posted a surprising second-place finish.

At the 2019 race, she will return as part of the John Hancock US Elite Team. Sellers’s appearance was announced Tuesday, along with the rest of the top American runners John Hancock, the race’s primary sponsor, will bring to Boston as part of its elite runner program.

Sellers will join Desiree Linden, whose intention to defend her victory was previously announced, and 2017 third-place finisher Jordan Hasay as the top American women in the April 15 race.


Sara Hall, the 2017 US National Marathon champion, is also part of the team.

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Shadrack Biwott, who finished third in the 2018 race, headlines the Elite American men’s entrants. Jared Ward, Dathan Ritzenhein, and Abdi Abdirahman are also on the men’s team.

Five-time winner and defending champ Tatyana McFadden headlines the women’s wheelchair division. Daniel Romanchuk, who won the Chicago and New York City marathons, is the top American man in the wheelchair division.

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“The 123rd Boston Marathon features an elite American field that mixes both seasoned veterans and those making their Boston debut,” said Tom Grilk, CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon.

US Elite running team

Men: Abdi Abdirahman, Shadrack Biwott, Aaron Braun, Jeffrey Eggleston, Scott Fauble, Elkanah Kibet, Timothy Ritchie, Dathan Ritzenhein, Brian Shrader, Jared Ward.

Women: Sarah Crouch, Lindsay Flanagan, Sara Hall, Jordan Hasay, Desiree Linden, Sarah Sellers, Becky Wade.

US Elite wheelchair team

Men: Joshua George, Aaron Pike, Daniel Romanchuk, Krige Schabort, Brian Siemann, James Senbeta.

Women: Katrina Gerhard, Tatyana McFadden, Amanda McGrory, Arielle Rausin, Susannah Scaroni, Michelle Wheeler.


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