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Kilel kicked hard down Boylston Street to outlast Desiree Davila and win the 2011 Boston Marathon. PhotoRun.net

Geoffrey Mutai

Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai shattered the course record at the 2011 Boston Marathon, taking 2:50 off the previous mark set just a year earlier. His time is not considered a world record, however, because of Boston's point-to-point net downhill course. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Emmanuel won’t be the only fast Mutai in the field on Nov. 6. His countryman Geoffrey joined the fray in late September. The fastest marathoner of all-time by way of his jaw-dropping 2:03:02 performance at Boston in April, Mutai was untouchable on the roads this past summer. He ran the fastest 10K on U.S. soil (27:19) to win the BAA inaugural 10K in June, then came back a month later to decimate a loaded field—which included Gebremariam and Emmanuel Mutai—at the Giro di Castelbuono 10K in Sicily. His presence in the race and front-running reputation will put the course record of 2:07:43 in serious jeopardy.

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