This should be a really great & telling race on both sides.
I think anyone on the men's side can win it and we'll see if someone emerges and places themselves in the conversation for making the team in 2020.
On the women's side I like Bruce or Crouch to pull off the double like Hall did last year. Both of them ran 2:30-type efforts and could go under that on this course. Crouch was on 2:30 pace for much of Chicago, Bruce has run 2:29 and ran 2:30 at NYC. If the pack goes out honest I wouldn't be surprised at a 2:27-28 winning time and some PRs. I also wouldn't be surprised if Bates won and/or went sub-2:30. She's dropped some impressive results and seems like she has been strategically timing her debut and racking up some road racing experience at the longer distances.
I ran CIM last year and honestly don't get why people get so grumpy about it. Yea, it's a net downhill but it doesn't plunge downhill from the start. The front half is pretty honest and there are some climbs. The last 10k are wonderful because it's a very very slight downhill but you have to fuel and pace right to capitalize. It's too bad this is on USATF+. I'm not anti someone making money it's just that our sport isn't mainstream. I can watch scrub basketball teams all the time on ESPN and FS1 as a part of my package. These events just aren't quite big enough to demand a one time watch fee. Running as pay per view is sorta laughable. It should be free and they should run some ads and interrupt our coverage every 15-20 minutes. They'd get more viewers and more revenue if they do that.