Samuelson To Run 2013 Boston Marathon

Joan Samuelson is no stranger to the Boston Marathon course. Photo:

Past winners Greg Meyer and Amby Burfoot are also in the field.

With less than a month to go, the Boston Athletic Association unveiled a round of celebrity runners who will take part in the famous Boston Marathon.

At the top of the list is Joan Samuelson, who won the 1979 and 1983 editions of the world’s oldest modern marathon. She also was the first person to win the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon in 1984.

When Samuelson ran the 1983 race, she set a new world record of 2 hours, 22 minutes, and 53 seconds.

Also taking part in the 117th edition of Boston are previous American champions Greg Meyer and Amby Burfoot.

“We are honored by the presence of our past champions, and we welcome them back to Boston with great pride,” B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk said. “Winning the Boston Marathon is a career milestone that all of our champions cherish for a lifetime. They are also extremely engaging individuals who liven up any celebration that they attend, and we look forward to celebrating their achievement and showcasing them at our events throughout Boston Marathon weekend. It will be fun to have them here.”

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