The world track and field scene shifts to the U.S. next week with two of America's traditional events. The 114th Boston Marathon takes place this Monday (April 19), while the 116th Penn Relays begin the following day and run through April 24. The week's highlight event comes at the end, however, as Usain Bolt runs the anchor leg of the 4 x 100-meter relay as part of the USA vs. the World portion of the Penn Relays on April 24.
Photo: Usain Bolt will run in the Penn Relays April 24. Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
Bolt competed in the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia, as a teenager in 2002-05. He returns as the sport's premier name, holder of the 100- and 200-meter world records. The race is scheduled for 2:50 p.m. but will be broadcast later on ESPN2, between 8-10 p.m. April 24.
Monday's Boston Marathon features defending champions Salina Kosgei of Kenya and Deriba Merga of Ethiopia. Two Americans who'll challenge Merga include last year's third-place finisher, Ryan Hall, plus Meb Keflezighi, who won the New York City Marathon last November.
On the women's side, challengers should include 2008 champion Dire Tune of Ethiopia, who was a close second last year, and Kenya's Agnes Kiprop, who's undefeated in three career marathons. Kiprop most recently won the Frankfort Marathon in October.
The Elite women's field starts at 9:32 a.m. while the Elite men are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Boston's WBZ will provide local TV coverage. Nationwide, Universal sports will hit the air at 9:30 a.m. Check your local listings for a station in your area, or watch it live online at www.universalsports.com.