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Micah Kogo

Bib: 1

Age: 28

Country: Kenya

Best 10K: 27:01

Of note: The defending champion and an Olympic bronze medalist at 10,000 meters, Kogo also won the 2011 B2B in 27:47. He once ran 27:01 in a 10K road race to set a world record, and finished second (2:10:27) in his marathon debut at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Ben True

Bib: 3

Age: 28

Country: USA

Best 10K: 27:41 (track)

Of note: True last ran B2B in 2009, when he shattered the Maine resident course record (29:10) and placed 10th overall. A Greely High and Dartmouth College grad, he battled Kogo to the finish at the 2013 Falmouth Road Race, finishing second. Also placed sixth last year at the world cross country championships – the highest finish for an American since 1995 – and narrowly missed making the U.S. team for the world championships by finishing fourth in both the 5,000 and 10,,000 at the U.S. track and field championships.

Meb Keflezighi

Bib: 4

Age: 39

Country: USA

Best 10K: 27:58

Of note: Rode a wave of emotion to win the 2014 Boston Marathon (2:08:37). At 38, he was the race’s oldest male winner since 1930 and first American winner since 1983. Won silver in the 2004 Olympic marathon in Athens and placed fourth and fifth in his previous B2Bs.

Bedan Karoki

Bib: 6

Age: 23

Country: Kenya

Best 10K: 26:52.36 (track)

Of note: Bedan is a Japan-based Kenyan who finished fifth at 10,000 at the 2012 London Olympics and recorded an impressive sub-27 on the track at the Prefontaine Classic in May (26:52.36).

Emmanuel Bett

Bib:8

Age: 29

Country: Kenya

Best 10K: 28:07

Of note: A late-blooming elite athlete who made his professional debut in 2010, Emmanuel displayed blazing track speed in 2012 by recording the fastest 10,000 time in the world for the year – 26:51.16.

WOMEN

Shalane Flanagan

Bib: 102

Age: 33

Country: USA

Best 10K: 31:41

Of note: America’s top distance runner and a bronze winner at 10,000 meters in the 2008 Olympics, Flanagan returns to Cape Elizabeth for the first time since high school. In April, she charged to the lead at the Boston Marathon and held on for 19 miles, ultimately finishing seventh in a personal record 2:22:02 – the fastest time ever by an American woman in Boston’s 118-year history.

Aselefech Mergia

Bib: 104

Age: 29

Country: Ethiopia

Best 10K: 31:25

Of note: Her personal best in the marathon is 2:19:31, a former Ethiopian record. Won bronze in the marathon at the 2009 world championships, twice won the Dubai Marathon, and has finished in the top three in the Paris and London marathons.

Gemma Steel

Bib: 105

Age: 28

Country: Great Britain

Best 10K: 31:26

Of note: Recorded a personal best 31:26 to finish second in her B2B debut last year. She duplicated that second-place finish at the Falmouth Road Race a week later. She also won bronze at the European cross country championships in 2011.

Desiree Linden

Bib: 106

Age: 31

Country: USA

Best 10K: 31:37.14 (track)

Of note: Tenth in the Boston Marathon in April (2:23:54) and second in Boston in 2011 with a 2:22:38, then the fastest time by an American woman in that event. A 2012 Olympian who did not finish the marathon due to injury. Fourth at Chicago (2010) and fifth at Berlin (2013).

Jordan Hasay

Bib: 108

Age: 22

Country: USA

Best 10K: 31:39.67 (track)

Of note: High school phenom from California and 16-time All-American at Oregon, Ran a personal best 10,000 (31:39.67) at the Payton Jordan Invitational in May. Started running in elementary school and gained national acclaim as the fast young girl with the long blond ponytail.

– Glenn Jordan