Franz Nietlispach
Home: Rheinfelden, Switzerland
Age: 44
Personal best: 1:21:36 (Boston, 1999)

After four consecutive Boston Marathon titles, Nietlispach finished second to Van Dyk in last year's race. He is tied with Jim Knaub for the most number of wheelchair titles at Boston, with five. At the 1998 and 1999 races, Nietlispach battled against the clock, chasing a new world record rather than a competitor on the field. He was 29 seconds shy in 1998 and a mere 13 seconds off the pace in 1999, but those times still stand as the second and third fastest Boston Marathons in history. He was the marathon gold medalist and the 1500 silver medalist in the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney. This is his 12th Boston.