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March 15, 2019
The first lady of the Boston Marathon is running it again. The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, says two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will be in the field on April 15. Benoit Samuelson was a 21-year-old Bowdoin College student when she set an American marathon record and a new women’s course record of 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds in 1979, wearing a Red Sox cap.

BOSTON (AP) — The first lady of the Boston Marathon is running it again.

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race, says two-time champion and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson 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 new women’s course record of 2 hours, 35 minutes, 15 seconds, wearing a Red Sox cap.

She returned in 1983 to set a world best of 2:22:43, and the following year 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 Boston in 2015.