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LRC Last Minute Drama In Chicago: Kenyan Emmanuel Bett Enters Marathon At Last Minute – Is He There To Ensure An Honest Pace For Galen Rupp? Kenya’s Emmanuel Bett – who shares the same agent as Rupp – has been entered in the race.
*MB: Might Galen Rupp have his own rabbit in Chicago? A Ricky Simms’ athlete is a last-minute addition to Chicago 

Rupp wins in PhillyLRC U.S. Fans, Rejoice! Americans Galen Rupp & Jordan Hasay Both Say Their Chicago Marathon Buildups Were Their Best Ever Slow prep races mean nothing to Rupp and Hasay. Rupp is finally healthy and completely focused on the marathon, while Hasay has been hitting her long runs harder and says her speed work has gone “a lot” better than before Boston.
*MB: Rupp on distance running: “it’s boring as hell” –  New interview before Chicago
What time would Rupp have to run in Chicago for you to consider him the greatest American marathoner of all time?
*MB: Rupp for the win Sunday?

The womens elite field at Chicago 2017LRC The Inside Scoop From Friday’s Chicago Marathon Press Conference  Tirunesh Dibaba wants to lower her 2:17:56 PR, Renato Canova says defending champs Abel Kirui & Florence Kiplagat are around “90%” of where they were last year.
*American Sam Chelanga Thinks He Ultimately Can Run At Least 2:06
*American Diego Estrada Says He Can Run 2:07 Right Now (In Monza)

LRC Chicago Marathon Preview Podcast Right after the press conferences ended, we gave you the inside scoop.

Recommended Read 40 Great Moments From 40 Years Of Chicago Marathons
*This is the 40th Chicago Marathon and Carey Pinkowski has been in charge of the last 27 He’s increased the field size from 6k to 44k.

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Hasay_Jordan-BostonM17LRC 2017 Chicago Marathon Women’s Preview: Jordan Hasay Faces A Big Challenge Against 2:17 Woman Tirunesh Dibaba & 2-Time Defending Champ Florence Kiplagat Two-time defending champ Florence Kiplagat is back in Chicago but she’s an underdog as Tirunesh Dibaba, arguably the greatest women’s distance runner in history, is racing. If they falter, American Jordan Hasay could win but having looked at the stats, we’re worried she may never run faster than her debut in Boston.
*MB: Will Jordan Hasay ever run faster than her 2:23:00 debut in Boston? Yes or no.

Rupp wins in PhillyLRC The WR Holder, The Olympic Silver Medalist, & The Defending Champ: Here Are The Guys Galen Rupp Must Defeat To Win Chicago The fix most certainly doesn’t appear to be in in Chicago. If Galen Rupp wins his first major on Sunday, he’ll almost most certainly have had to earn it.

LRC Is Galen Rupp A 2:05 Guy? LetsRun Debates: How Fast Can Galen Rupp Run For 26.2 At Sunday’s Chicago Marathon? Galen Rupp has run three career marathons – all have been great but none faster than 2:09:58. How fast can he go?
Discuss: Is Galen Rupp A 2:05 Guy? Wejo, Rojo And You Debate 

Derrick winning his third straight USA XC title in 2015LRC The 2017 Chicago Marathon Men’s Race Is LOADED With American Talent Besides Galen Rupp – Find Out Who Here Diego EstradaLuke PuskedraNoah DroddyChris DerrickSam Chelanga and others are all racing. We talk to nearly all of them.

Braun will run his first marathon as a member of NAZ Elite on Sunday courtesy NAZ EliteLRC Aaron Braun And The Question All Runners Eventually Face – “Should I Hang ‘Em Up?” In the summer of 2016, Aaron Braun was on the brink of retirement. Now he’s back, doing what all runners do: chasing the dream.

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LetsRun Investigation Pays Off – US 10 Mile Champs Gave Women Only 6:10 – Not 6:18 – Head Start

MB: LetsRun does it again!! US 10 Miler admits mistake we uncovered – Gives Sara Hall $10,000 Sara Hall is pleased and thanks LetsRun.com for our “detective work.”

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Kenenisa Bekele Responds To Jos Hermens

Kenenisa Bekele at 2017 BMW Berlin MarathonLRC Kenenisa Bekele “Dismayed” By Jos Hermens’ Comments About His Professionalism After Berlin Marathon, Vows To Break World Record Bekele is confident that the best is yet to come for him at the 26.2-mile distance. “I definitely will break it before my retirement. For all the skeptics, I will show them with my hard work,” Bekele said, waving his hands with confidence. “I want to seize my future. And I don’t want anyone to get into my way of proving myself.”

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LRCWTW: Phoebe Wright Gets Married, Suddenly Becoming World Class At 31, And Something Doesn't Add Up At US 10-Mile Champs?

Thanks to Phoebe Wright we've got a new activity for runners at their weddings, plus a look at the NCAA XC picture, and a possible mix-up at the 10 miler dominated by Scott Simmons WCAP athletes.

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