Think BAA did a good job here -- they gave the bag to Kipchoge but also went out and got guys who have done well on non-time trial courses. If Kipchoge is human in April, a bunch of guys who know how to run the Newton hills + roll the last 8k could make for a compelling race.
Chebet won Boston/NYC in 2022. Kipruto ran a 14:06 5k from 35k-40k to win Boston in 2021. Desisa has won Boston twice, NYC once, and took gold at Doha in 2019. Kitata beat Kipchoge & won London in 2020 + was 2nd @ NYC this past year. Albert Korir won NYC in 2021. Augustine Choge is also way down the list. Love the flyer on him.
If Kipchoge doesn't run away from everyone, we could see him in a big pack in the last 10k of the race.
((also credit to BAA for the long list of American men + women & not just the sub-2:12/sub-2:30 runners. there's a lot of 2:15-2:20 & 2:40-2:45 runners they're giving a shot to.)