HOPKINTON (CBS) – The 2019 Boston Marathon may look very similar to the 2018 race.
The Good News – Des Linden has the chance to become the first American woman to win the title in 48 years.
The bad news – Rain is in the forecast for Monday, just like last year, when the runners were bathed in one of the wettest Boston marathons of recent times. However, it will be much warmer and wetter this time, and much of the rain should leave Hopkinton at 9am. There is also the possibility that it will flash before the race. After that, the covered clouds could become thinner and break to allow some sunshine between passing clouds.
Local favorite Shalane Flanagan does not run this year. The four-time elite runner from Boston Marathon and the native Marblehead will be part of the WBZ TV Marathon Broadcasting Team.
9 FORMER CHAMPIONS
Nine former champions will be on Monday
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The champions of the returned men are:  2018: Yuki Kawauchi from Japan
2017: Geoffrey Kirui from Kenya
2016: Lemi Berhanu from Ethiopia
2015 and 2013: Lelisa Desisa from Ethiopia
2012: Wesley Korir from Kenya
The returned women's winners are:
2018: Des Linden of the USA
2017: Edna Kiplagat from Kenya
2015: Caroline Rotich from Kenya
2012: Sharon Cherop from Kenya
The surprise runner-up of the past year will also be back at the start. ZuLinden's 2019 US elite team joins Sarah Sellers who landed in second place in the rain in 2018, and Jordan Hasay who finished third in Boston in 2017 when she directed set fastest American debut ever.
Shadrack Biwott returns to the men's side after finishing third and fourth in Boston in the last two laps. To him belongs a field that brings many Olympic successes, including Jared Ward who became sixth at the 2016 Olympic Marathon, three-time Olympic champion Dathan Ritzenhein the third fastest US marathoner of all time and four times Olympian Abdi Abdirahman .
This year's race is changing. There is no separate start for the disabled. They start now with their contemporary wave corridor.
Also new in 2019, the first runner wave starts at 10:02 and gives the elite men their own start, just like the elite women. The elite runners are the only ones eligible for prize money.
Here are the official start times:
|Handcycles / Duos||9:25|
|Elite men Wave 1||10:02|
|wave 4||follows wave 3|
WHO TO WATCH
Des Linden tries to become the first American woman to finish her first two years in a row since Sara Mae Berman in 1971.
Yuki Kawauchi The first Japanese man to win Boston since 1987 has returned to his title to defend, and his mother is also running. Mika Kawauchi, 54, will be in wave four.
The defending woman wheelchair user Tatyana McFadden from Maryland will be looking for her sixth Boston title.
Joan Benoit Samuelson is also back She is racing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her historic first victory.
"My goal is to run 40 minutes ahead of time 40 years ago, which would be under 3: 15: 35," she said last month. "I might as well celebrate in a jubilee year while I'm still able!"
Five years after his historic Boston Marathon victory Meb Keflezighi will return as this year's Grand Marshal. He will take the field again over the 26.2-mile track, but this time he drives in an SUV.
NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson will be his driver's first marathon Monday, two days after a NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia.
Actor Jared and Genevieve Padalecki The man and woman starring in the show Supernatural Run to Collect Money for Dream Big!
Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will run for his own team, Tedy & # 39; s team, which draws attention to strokes and heart disease and supports survivors. 19659002] And WBZ-TV will have two runners this year – chief meteorologist Eric Fisher and anchor reporter Katie Brace.
Be prepared for the masses. More than half a million viewers will line up on Monday.
The Boston Athletic Association has developed a table for optimal viewing times if you want to see one of the waves at the many observation points along the course.
Read: Mile-by-Mile Guide
More than 30,000 people will be driving the Boston Marathon in 2019, thousands of them for local charities that spent $ 36.6 million last year Have collected dollars.
The weather could be a factor again on Monday. Runners and spectators can expect rain and wind early, but temperatures are warmer this year.
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For more information about the 2019 Boston Marathon, visit the BAA website.
WBZ-TV is the exclusive local broadcaster of the Boston Marathon. The pre-race coverage starts at 7am, followed by race reporting at 9am. The coverage of WBZ-TV will air on CBSBoston.com from 9am. The stream is limited to New England.