The 33rd annual running of the London Marathon will take place on Sunday, and the majority of competitors will embark on their 26.2-mile journey beginning in Greenwich Park. London's course encompasses many of the city's renowned landmarks and runs predominantly around the River Thames.
With that type of scenery serving as the backdrop for the swarm of tens of thousands of runners, it will be a wonderful spectacle to observe beyond the race itself.
This serves as the second of the six major marathon races and features plenty of prominent runners who should make for an entertaining finish.
Below is everything you need to know about where to catch the action, including what to specifically watch for with regard to the event.
When: Sunday, April 21
Watch: BBC One (Coverage starts at 3:30 a.m. ET—also available in HD)
Live Stream: BBC.com.
Starting Times (GMT) (h/t The Mirror)
9 a.m.—Elite Women's Race
9:20 a.m.—Wheelchair Race
9:45 a.m.—Elite Men's Race
10 a.m.—Mass start
Note: Runners in the first three races will start at the blue point on Shooter's Hill. The mass starts at the red point in Greenwich Park, while celebrities begin at the green point in St. John's Park.
Notable Landmarks: Tower Bridge, London Eye, Cleopatra's Needle and the Houses of Parliament
Top Men's Competitors
Wilson Kipsang (3.75-1), Geoffrey Mutai (4-1) and Tsegaye Kebede (6.5-1)
Both Kipsang and Mutai hail from Kenya, which continues to produce phenomenal long-distance runners.
As Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail documented, Kipsang is excited to defend his title at this race, and he feels that the crowd generated by Mo Farah will spur the runners on to very fast times. Kipsang won last year's event with a time of 2:04:44.
Mutai can't be discounted, though, as he has won three major marathons in the past two years, per Paul Gains of Competitor.com (via ESPN).
As for Kebede, the 26-year-old Ethiopian raced to victory in record fashion at the Chicago Marathon this past October and figures to make a strong push to cross the finish line first in this one, too.
Top Women's Competitors
Tiki Gelana (2.4-1), Priscah Jeptoo (3.5-1) and Edna Kiplagat (7-1)
That has to count for something in her return to London, and it at least gives her the label of the odds-on favorite.
Jeptoo was the silver medalist in the most recent Olympic Games marathon and finished third in the London Marathon in 2012 with a time of 2:20:14 (h/t WorldMarathonMajors.com). She will be vying for revenge against Gelana, and it should be an intriguing storyline to watch.
As a Kenyan compatriot of Jeptoo's, Kiplagat will be looking to make her own mark on Sunday. The 33-year-old veteran has finished third and second the past two years in this event, and if that upward trend continues, she will find herself as the victor.
Note: Odds in parentheses are courtesy of Boyle Sports for the men and OLBG.com for the women.
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