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11:08 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Five of today's elite athletes hold their nation's marathon record. Among the women, defending champion Catherine Ndereba holds Kenya's mark of 2:18:47, set at the Chicago Marathon in 2001; Svetlana Zakharova holds the Russian record of 2:21:31, set at Chicago in 2002; Gete Wami holds the Ethiopian mark, set at the 2002 Amsterdam Marathon; and Zhor El Kamch set Morocco's mark of 2:26:10 last year at Rotterdam. Among the men, Pavel Loskutov hold the Estonian record of 2:08:53, set in the Paris Marathon in 2002. 11:05 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Police expect about a half million spectators to line the 26.2-mile course, making the Boston Marathon New England's most widely viewed sporting event. 11 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- There are three official runners at least 80 years old: Carlton Mendell of Maine and Mike Fremont of Cincinnati are 83, Franklin Mason of South Carolina is 82. This is Mendell's 27th straight Boston Marathon. 10:57 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Among the celebrities in this year's race is Vanessa Kerry, daughter of Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate John Kerry. Kerry, 28, is studying in London on a Fulbright scholarship. She announced to friends via e-mail that she would be running as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Marathon Team. Both her parents have been treated for cancer. Among those who have already contributed to Dana Farber in Kerry's name are singer Carole King and Al Gore’s daughter Kristin Gore. Vanessa Kerry is wearing bib number 17553. 10:52 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Of the more than 20,000 official entries, 61 percent are men, 39 percent are women. 10:50 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Thirty seven official participants have completed at least 25 consecutive Boston Marathons, led by Neil Weygandt of Drexel Hill, Pa., 57, who is running in his 38th straight. Bennett Beach, 54, of Bethesda, Md., is running his 37th straight. They are the exception, however. More than 70 percent of entrants are in the race for the first time. 10:47 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Of the more than 17,000 American runners in the race, it's not surprising that more are from Massachusetts than any other state. The Bay State has 4,415 official competitors, followed by California, with 1,342, and New York, with 1,125. Texas is next at 801, followed by Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Virginia. Wyoming and North Dakota have the fewest competitors, with 14 and 12 respectively. The Canadian province of Ontario is well represented, with 982 runners. 10:45 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Estonia, once a part of the Soviet Union, is one of 22 countries represented by a single entrant. What the Estonians lack in numbers, however, they make up for in quality. The lone runner is Pavel Loskutov, Estonia's national record holder, who has run the fifth fastest time of anyone in the race, 2:08:53. Other countries with a single runner include Albania, Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jamaica, and Ukraine. 10:42 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- The Boston Marathon is an international event, drawing 3,158 foreign entries from 81 countries. That's nearly 16 percent of the field of more than 20,000 athletes. Canada is the best represented nation after the US, with 1,763 entries. There are 185 Brits, 157 Germans, 148 South Koreans, 143 Japanese, and 108 Mexicans. The Canadian city of Toronto sent 209 runners by itself, giving it more entries than Cambridge, Mass. 10:34 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Jacqueline Gareau, the women's open division champion in 1980, will serve at the Boston Marathon's grand marshal this year. She will ride in a pace vehicle, ahead of the elite women's field. Gareau, from Canada, is the Boston Marathon's first grand marshal other than John A. Kelley, who died last October. Gareau's victory 25 years ago was overshadowed by Rosie Ruiz, who only ran a part of that year's race, but who crossed the finish line ahead of Gareau. Ruiz was subsequently disqualified. Besides winning in 1980, Gareau was twice a runner-up, in 1982 and 1983. 10:29 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- It's a beautiful day in greater Boston. Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s in Hopkinton, and in the 60s where the race ends in Boston -- a little warm for runners, but outstanding for spectators. Last year's race was one of the warmest in history, with temperatures on the course well into the 80s. 10:13 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- There have also been a number of last-minute additions to the field of elites, including 2003 Boston champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya. Also added in the last week were Benjamin Kipchumba of Kenya, the winner of the 2004 Nairobi Marathon; Benson Cherono of Kenya; and Moroccan Olympian Khalid El Boumlili, the winner of the 2004 Marrakech Marathon. 10:10 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- There have been a number of last-minute withdrawals from the field of elite men and women runners. The most notable is 2004 men's runner-up Robert Cherboror of Kenya, who was unable to obtain official travel documents. Cherboror was the second fastest marathoner in the world last year, clocking 2:06:23 in the Amsterdam Marathon, and would have had the fastest time in the Boston field. Other withdrawals included Malgorzata Sobanska of Poland due to illness, Olivera Jevtic of Serbia and Montenegro due to a calf injury, and Paul Koech of Kenya due to training difficulties. 10 a.m.: In Hopkinton -- Four mobility-impaired runners have just started the race. Two of them are from New England: Jason Pisano of West Warwick, R.I., and Brendan Sullivan of Charlestown. They are the first athletes of the day to begin the 26.2-mile trek to Boston. This is the 11th straight Boston Marathon for Pisano, who has Cerebral Palsey. Sullivan, who was born with Spina Bifida and also uses a leg brace, is competing in his second Boston. 8 a.m.: In Hopkinton - Boston.com will provide live, stride-by-stride coverage of the Boston Marathon beginning at 10 a.m. The first competitors, a group of 11 mobility-impaired athletes, will start at that time. The wheelchair and handcycle racers begin their 26.2-mile trek at 11:25, followed six minutes later by a group of 60 elite women, who again this year have a separate start. The gun will sound at noon for the elite men and rest of the 20,000-plus officials runners, male and female, along with thousands of unofficial participants known as "bandits."