Gregarious Deaf-Mute wrote:
Actually, he's done some training in the past year, so it's not that amazing. But it's still impressive. He's a likable athlete.
Overall? Eh. Aided course + perfect weather = of course times were fast today. If the U.S. Champs were here every year and the money were like it is at Chicago, NY or Boston, you'd see the same depth and then some. A 2:14 at NY is a 2:13 at Boston (in non-windy tears) is a 2:12 at Chicago is a 2:10 at CIM.
CIM is not 2 minutes faster than Chicago unless you're a 4-5 hour marathoner. There are plenty of uphills in the first half despite the general downhill profile. And like Boston, downhills can really screw people over if they are run too fast.