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Boston Marathon 2012 Preview, Start Times And More

The 116th edition of the Boston Marathon takes place Monday, April 16.

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Geoffrey Mutai #2 of Kenya celebrates after winning the men's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 18: Geoffrey Mutai #2 of Kenya celebrates after winning the men's division of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, returns for its 116th installment on Monday, April 16.

One of the men's favorites will be Geoffrey Kiprono Mutai, a 30-year old Kenyan who ran the fastest marathon in history to win last year at 2:03:02. His performance wasn't considered a world record because the course in Boston doesn't meet specific requirements, but he still considers himself the fastest marathoner in the world.

"Everyone knows that I ran the distance, " Mutai told the Boston Herald Wednesday during an appearance at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. "For me, I still say I am the fastest. I don't want to disturb myself. I'll still have time to make it (2:03) again and I'll prove it, maybe, in coming years, maybe lower. But, I say, I am OK (with it). That will not stop me. I'll still have another time."

Start times for different divisions follow:

Start time Approx. No. of Entrants Bib Color
Mobility Impaired: 9:00 a.m. 6
Wheelchair Division: 9:17 a.m. 30
Handcycles: 9:22 a.m. 24
Elite Women: 9:32 a.m. 50
Elite Men & Wave One: 10:00 a.m. 9,000 Red
Wave Two: 10:20 a.m. 9,000 White
Wave Three: 10:40 a.m. 9,000 Blue