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Benoit Samuelson to run Boston Marathon again at 61

March 15, 2019
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FILE - In this April 15, 2013 file photo, Joan Benoit Samuelson warms up in Hopkinton, Mass., prior to the start of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, said Friday, March 15, 2019, that the two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist will be in the field for the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Joan Benoit Samuelson plans to run the Boston Marathon again at age 61.

The Boston Athletic Association says the two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist will be in the field on April 15.

Benoit Samuelson was a 21-year-old Bowdoin College student in 1979 when she set an American marathon record and a women’s course record. She finished in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds, wearing a Red Sox cap.

She returned in 1983 to set a world best of 2:22:43. She won the first Olympic women’s marathon at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Benoit Samuelson says her goal next month is to run within 40 minutes of the time she clocked in her Boston debut 40 years ago. She last ran the Boston Marathon in 2015.

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