Quotes from 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

By Mike Knapp, LetsRun.com
October 9, 2011

Editor's note: While we've recapped the races here, given you a story on Wesley Korir's bold move here, and broken down the splits here, we've got some good quotes from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon below.

"When he decides to play hard, he is a magnificent athlete." -- Commentator Toni Reavis on Moses Mosop's defining move late in the race.

"I don't feel like I've ever run a bad marathon, that's why I'm not disappointed. It was exactly what I hoped it would be, I learned a lot in my training leading up to this and I learned a lot in the race itself. There's not too many Americans out there running 2:08 so I'll take it." -- Ryan Hall.

"It doesn't mean anything to you apparently." -- Hall's response to Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune, who commented that a 2:08 means a lot to Americans but not anyone else.

"We as elite runners, we run to entertain the fans. But there are thousands and thousands of people who are out there right now running for very good causes. They are running to save other people's lives. We can't forget to thank them for the great job they do out there." -- A very classy Wesley Korir acknowledging the charity runners who raised money for a cause. Much of Korir's prize money, along with that of Ryan Hall's, went to help build a hospital in his native Kenya.

"He has (breaking the world record) in his mind. He knows that to win the Olympics or win a World Championship is very nice, but it means you are the best that day. When you break a world record it means to be the best of ever. That is the mentality for him." -- Renato Canova, coach of Moses Mosop, discussing his athlete's desire to break the world record. He believes it is possible for Mosop to run 2:02.


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