2013 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Is Sunday *LRC Men's Preview *LRC Women's Preview *Watch Live For Free On LRC (8am ET Live, 8pm ET Taped)

MB: OFFICIAL 2013 Chicago Marathon Play-by-Play Thread

*LRC Men's Preview
*LRC Women's Preview

Toni Reavis Chats With Chicago Marathon Director Carey Pinkowski, Who Tells You How He "Casts" The Field
*Reavis on Tadese: "I have changed my training,” admitted Tadese.  “I have done more long runs. So I hope to run faster on Sunday.”
*Sun Times: Epic rematch between Atsede Baysa and Rita Jeptoo looms in marathon
IAAF Preview: Pinkowski Confident Men's CR Is Going To Fall
AP Preview
*Jesse Squire's 5 One-On-One Battles To Watch In Chicago
*Long CTA Lines Greet Marathon Runners At O'Hare

The Inside Scoop

Friday: LRC
Will The Race Go Out In 61:45 And How Will Dathan Ritzenhein React? (link fixed) With good weather in the forecast, the leading Africans may want to go out more than a minute faster than Ritz wants. Will they be slowed to please Ritz or will he have to solo it alone? Also, Emmanuel Mutai reveals he's healthy and Moses Mosop is going to be tough to beat.

5 Takeaways From Thursday's Presser: Mosop Is Healthy And Fit, Tadese Is Ready For Another Crack At 26.2, Kimetto And Abshero Are Confident, And Kogo Hopes He's Ready For Uncharted Territory We broke down the race earlier for you on you on paper, but you never know what really to expect until you get the inside scoop on-site. We've got it and you can as well if you read our piece. Plus was there a fix at the 2012 Berlin Marathon?

More Chicago Men's Coverage:
Teg: "I'd be crazy to think I'm going to totally nail it Sunday."
*Brett Larner Previews The Japanese Men And Women In Chicago The leading man, Yoshinori Oda of 2:09:03 fame, is best known for being the one who lost to Kawauchi in this race that made Kawauchi a star.
*Excellent Recommended Read: One Of The Good Guys In The Sport Team Eugene's Craig Leon Hoping For 2:11-12 In Chicago
We enjoyed meeting Leon in Boston and Curtis Anderson has written an excellent profile on Leon, who works a job and has "never had a bad marathon" according to coach Ian Dobson.
*Article On Matt Tegenkamp From Chicago Tribune

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62-Year-Old Kathryn Martin, Who Ran 19:04 5k, Is USATF Athlete Of The Week *Results

Doping News

Kim Smith Favored To Win Second B.A.A. Distance Medley Title And $100,000 On Sunday At BAA Half Marathon To everyone who says money is why track and field isn't more popular, this series has disproved that.
*Interesting Random Facts About Kim Smith She never goes to the gym or does ice baths but averages 110 miles per week.
*Saturday's BAA Half Marathon Pro Field Announced: Stephen Sambu Leads Men's Standings To Win $100,000 Lelisa Desisa and Gebre Geremariam are the headliners in the men's field but not eligible for the $100,000 bonus.

News From The UK

2013 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon Is Sunday *LRC Men's Preview *LRC Women's Preview *Watch Live For Free On LRC (8am ET Live, 8pm ET Taped)

MB: OFFICIAL 2013 Chicago Marathon Play-by-Play Thread - d

Phil Hersh preview: Expect fast times on Sunday

*AmericansDathan Ritzenhein, Matt Tegenkamp, Clara Santucci, and Melissa Johnson-White talk about their Chicago Marathon goals - Ritz has his own rabbit Jason Hartmann is in town to rabbit Ritz.
*MB: Final Verdict: Lead pack 62:00-62:10 - Ritz gets his own rabbit (Hartmann)
*MB: Ritz: If lead pack 62:00- Stay back, even if no-man's land?? What if 62:20??

Teg Does The Marathon: Matt Tegenkamp Shares His Thoughts Ahead Of His Highly-Anticipated Marathon Debut Teg is full of confidence: "I feel so much more comfortable on the roads than I do the track, and I never thought I'd say that."

More Chicago News:
Journalism At Its Finest:
If You Read One Thing All Month, This Should Be It: Inspiring Story On US's Stephanie Pezzullo: Running For Her Life
The Charlotte Observer's Théoden Janes has written a masterpiece after Pezzulo opened up to him about her struggles in life. A tough upbringing with a bipolar dad who allegedly sexually abused her led to crushing anxiety and even a suicide attempt. She was saved by sports (first soccer, now running) and faith.

*Philip Hersh:
Illinois Sr. And Wheelchair Racer Tatyana McFadden Hoping To Finish Off Boston, London, Chicago, New York Grand Slam Before Heading To Winter Olympics She's a GREAT story but also prime example #1 as to why the Paralympics shouldn't be viewed as anything close to the equivalent of the regular Olympics as it's way less competitive. Imagine a runner running all four majors and then skiing in the Olympics.
*Guide To Chicago Marathon Restaurant Deals
*Excitement "Over The Top" In Chicago For Marathon
*Increased Security Will Be In Effect For Sunday's Chicago Marathon

LRC Great News: Watch Sunday's B Of A Chicago Marathon LIVE On LetsRun.com Or Tape Delayed Without Knowing The Result A big Thumbs Up to NBC Chicago for working with us to make this happen. Watch Sunday's race live at 8am Eastern / 7 Central / 5 Pacific (pros start 30 minutes later) on LetsRun.com. Too early for you on the West Coast? We've got you covered. You can come back and watch it without knowing the results at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central / 5pm Pacific. Just bookmark the page at the link above. You've got no excuse not to watch Chicago and to spread the sport to your friends.

The Week In Review

LRC WTW: Zola Budd, Running Models, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Twin Cities Past And Present, Guelph, And Bad College Sports Publicity This week we praise college XC winners old (Zola Budd) and young (Alexa Efraimson), talk about the juggernauts of Canadian collegiate XC, talk about Twin Cities winners past and present, and tell the Yale and Lousiville Sports Info departments that our sport deserves better. Since we had to be a little shorter than normal to get ready for Chicago, we leave you with photo album full of Oiselle models, including Kate Grace and Lauren Fleshman.

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  •  All Weekend NCAA XC Results

    News About Other Upcoming Marathons *Eindhoven Streamed Live At 4am ET On Sunday

    Kevin Helliker Writes Follow-Up Column In WSJ After Receiving Backlash From The "Slowest Generation" The 20 and 30 somethings have responded with excuses for why they are slow, including "The economy is so bad, we can't help it."
    *MB Discussion: Obama/economy to blame for slowing of running times across country?

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