Two-time champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will run the Boston Marathon for the first time in 18 years.
Samuelson, 53, who won an Olympic gold medal in 1984, will join about 66 other top female marathoners in the elite women’s group at the April 18 race, the Boston Athletic Association said on the marathon’s website.
Samuelson set an American record in 1979 by finishing the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds. Her 1983 finish, 2:22:43, was a world record and remains the fourth-fastest women’s time in the race’s history.
Samuelson has said that she may use the marathon to pursue the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time of 2:46, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
In 2009, Samuelson ran the New York City Marathon, setting a 50-plus age record of 2:49:09 to finish 17th in the women’s race. She improved her time in the Chicago Marathon last October, posting a 2:47:50.