I'm glad to hear that the Chicago Marathon race directors put their BRAINS back in their skulls and have reinstated pacers this year. Seriously, why would you ever NOT have pacers if you have one of the fastest, flattest courses in the world? Anyway, since there are no WR contenders in the field like Kipchoge, what sort of PACE will they be going for? In 2014 (Kipchoge actually WAS in that race), they went out in just over 62 and we ended up with 3 guys running low to mid 2:04s. Seems like that would be a good pace to shoot for again, but I wonder if the 2018 field is GOOD enough to handle that pace. I think going out in an even 62:30 would be a SMART idea, then maybe some guys can push each other to negative split for a couple of sub 2:05s.