2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

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Chicago, IL
October 8, 2017
Today in Chicago, Galen Rupp followed their lead and became the first American-born winner of the Chicago Marathon in 35 years by running a personal best of 2:09:18 to win over last year’s champ Abel Kirui of Kenya who was second in 2:09:48.
Jordan Hasay has run the #2 time in US history (2:20:57).
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.
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.
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.
Diego Estrada, Luke PuskedraNoah Droddy, Chris Derrick, Sam Chelanga and others are all racing.
Galen Rupp has run three career marathons - all have been great but non faster than 2:09:58. How fast can he go?

The Big Debate: What Marathon Should Galen Rupp Run Next? Boston or London?

We try and map out Galen Rupp's marathon career through 2021.

Shalane Flanagan Reacts To Galen Rupp's Chicago Marathon Win: "There’s Still an Investigation Going On, So It's Hard to Truly and Genuinely Get Excited About the Performances That I'm Watching"

Two of America's biggest marathon stars don't know what to make of Galen Rupp's win in Chicago due to the ongoing USADA investigation. Meb Keflezighi said he was happy for Rupp and Salazar but added "there's a lot of speculation going on and I would love to know what’s going on and how far it’s gotten." *MB: Breaking: Shalane and Meb react to Galen Rupp's Chicago Win

Galen Rupp - The Perfect Marathon Champion For America in The Year 2017

As we try to process what Galen Rupp's historic victory  means, the number one word that comes to mind is this - polarizing. Just as our country is currently totally polarized by the holder of the Oval Office, Rupp’s victory is polarizing within the US running community.

RRW: Rupp, Dibaba Dominate At Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Alberto Salazar Addresses Leaked USADA Interim Report That Said It Was "Highly Likely" His Group Broke Anti-Doping Rules: "I Know That We Haven't Broken Any Rules"

Salazar didn't answer why a leaked interim USADA report said it was "highly likely" his group had broken anti-doping rules. "You know what? I'm not gonna get into that. You would have to ask them what it is that they saw that they think that." Plus commentary from Nick Willis and Stephanie Bruce.

Drama in Chicago: Kenyan Emmanuel Bett Enters Marathon at Last Minute -- Is He There To Ensure An Honest Pace for Galen Rupp?

A 26 minute Kenyan - who shares the same agent as Galen Rupp - is a last minute entry into the marathon.

Television and Streaming Info for 2017 Chicago Marathon

Want to know how to watch the 2017 Chicago Marathon? We tell you.

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)

After Freak Mid-Race Accident Last Year, Diego Estrada Hopes for Chicago Marathon Success

Estrada was 8th last year in 2:13:56 even though he left the race on crutches.

RRW: Sixteen Years Ago This Week, Catherine Ndereba Was First Woman to Run Sub-2:19

A nice look back at Ndereba's 2001 run which was paced by LRC co-founder Robert Johnson.

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.

Study Finds Bank of America Chicago Marathon Brings More Than $282 Million to Chicago Economy

Olympians, NYC Champions Among Added Athletes to 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Field

London Marathon 2nd placer Stanley Biwott and Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa highlight the recent additions.

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