The Latest: Elite men kick off the 120th Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on Monday’s 120th running of the Boston Marathon (all times local):

10 a.m.

And they’re off. The elite men and the first of four waves of runners have kicked off the 120th Boston Marathon.

Security is tight for Monday’s race — the third since a pair of bombings killed three spectators and wounded more than 260 others at the finish line in 2013.

Topping the men’s field are Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa, who won in 2015 and 2013, and Kenyan Wesley Korir, the 2012 champion.

Weather could play a factor as the 26.2-mile race unfolds. By midmorning, it had already hit 63 degrees in Boston, though forecasters said a sea breeze later in the day could provide slightly cooler conditions for the 30,000 competitors.

Racers also were dealing with a headwind in the first few miles.


9:35 a.m.

The elite women’s race is underway at the 120th Boston Marathon, diminished by the absence of some top athletes resting up for the Rio Olympics.

Defending champion Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, leads the women’s field. Tiki Gelana, the 2012 Olympics gold medalist, and fellow Ethiopian Buzunesh Deba also are in the hunt.

The top American is Neely Spence Gracey, of Spencer, Colorado, making her marathon debut Monday.

All three U.S. Olympic Team members are sitting out Boston. They include Desi Linden, who was fourth last year, and Shalane Flanagan, who was ninth.


9:20 a.m.

The Boston Marathon just got a lot faster with the wheelchair division underway.

That division includes defending champions Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, and Tatyana McFadden, of the U.S.

Both are crowd favorites looking to repeat their 2015 victories.

Thirty men and 15 women got off quickly on the downhill start in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.


9:10 a.m.

Two people who lost limbs in the 2013 bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line are running this year’s race.

Adrianne Haslet and Patrick Downes both lost legs in the attacks. Both are on their way from Hopkinton to Boston as part of the mobility-impaired division in Monday’s 120th running of the venerable marathon.

Haslet is a professional ballroom dancer running to raise money and awareness for Limbs for Life, a charity that provides expensive prostheses to low-income amputees.

Both are running on special carbon-fiber blades.


8:55 a.m.

The Boston Marathon is officially underway with the mobility-impaired athletes setting off.

About 50 participants with visual impairments and other disabilities are in Monday’s race. They’re being guided by able-bodied runners accompanying them along the 26.2-mile course.

The more competitive push rim wheelchair division sets off at 9:17 a.m., and the elite women go off at 9:32 a.m.

The elite men and the first of four waves of runners follow at 10 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

With the top American marathoners resting for the Rio Olympics, Neely Spence Gracey could be the best U.S. hope for a podium finish in Boston on Monday.

Gracey, 26, of Superior, Colorado, is an eight-time NCAA Division II national champion who will be making her marathon debut.

But in a way, she has been a marathoner all her life.

Gracey is the daughter of 1991 world championship bronze medalist Steve Spence. Her father finished 19th — the No. 2 American overall — in the 1989 Boston Marathon, and Gracey was born on Patriots’ Day in 1990 while her father was running the race.

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