October 10, 2014
The Hansons-Brooks athletes Bobby Curtis and Jake Riley talk about their 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon preparations in the video below.
Curtis, the former NCAA champion and 27:24 10,000m runner, wants to hit half-way in 65:00 to 65:30 and hopes to be in a group with fellow Americans Christo Landry and Matt Llano. Bobby hopes to improve on his 2:13:24 pr from Fukuoka last year and said his preparation for Chicago has gone better than both Fukuoka, where he had some injuries, and his marathon debut in New York in 2011, where he said he didn’t do enough mileage.
Bobby said 27:44 converts to 2:09 flat or slightly better on conversion charts. With a negative splits he could dip into the 2:09s this year.
Riley, in his marathon debut, will be hoping to come through half-way in 66:00-66:30 in a group with four other of his teammates including Brendan Gregg in his debut. 2:12-2:13 is the goal for Riley. He also revealed former World Champs marathoner Clint Verran, now 39, is making a comeback of sorts to pace the group.