LetsRun.com Weekly
Another week, another World Marathon Major.

But this isn't just any World Marathon Major. This is LONDON. Even in a year in which it had to recruit against all five other WMM events, London still managed to lap the field, using its massive budget and unflinching commitment to the elite side of the sport to assemble some of the best marathon fields the world has ever seen.

The women's race features an absurd nine women who have broken 2:20, with the men's race includes six sub-2:04 guys. Both are records for a single marathon.

Of course, it helps that there are more sub-2:20 women and sub-2:04 men floating around in 2021 than at any prior point in history. Super shoes have pushed personal bests steadily down, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see the 2022 or 2023 editions of London grow even faster.

Still, these are fields worth salivating over. Brigid Kosgei...Joyciline Jepkosgei...Shura Kitata...Birhanu Legese...there are stars everywhere you look, and on Sunday we'll get the chance to watch them duke it out on the streets of London. It's another early wakeup call for American fans (the elite women start at 4 a.m., the men at 4:30). But for those willing to rise before the sun, the reward is one of the races of the year.

Photo: Bob Martin for London Marathon

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