40 Year Anniversary of Chicago Marathon

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40 Year Anniversary of Chicago Marathon

I’m very excited to run this year’s Chicago Marathon, which so happens to be the 40th anniversary of the event itself, and my 4th time running the event; as well as 19th marathon total. Per an article by NBC Chicago; the American elite field is stacked! Stacked with names, such as Galen Rupp; Sam Chelanga; Luke Puskedra; Jeffery Eggleston; Aaron Braun; Diego Estrada; Andrew Bumbalough; Chris Derrick; Noa Droddy; Jordan Hasay; Joan Benoit Samuelson; Becky Wade; Sara Crouch; Alia Gray; Danna Herrick; Dot McMahan; Kristen Heckert, and Michelle Lilienthal.

I’m very excited to be running in a marathon with an elite American field so large. I have always felt that out of all the six marathon majors, which are Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathon; Chicago Marathon seems to be the most neglected one that American elites tend to avoid running, but that’s just my view.

The race has everything that any elite or non-elite runner would want; other than our unpredictable weather; the course is simple, flat, and personal goal friendly, so why not run it?

For me, I’m very excited to be one more Chicago Marathon closer to becoming a legacy finisher, which is when you have completed at least five Chicago Marathons within a ten-year time frame. Being a legacy finisher means that you are guaranteed an early entry slot, which is a date that opens before normal registration for many other runners.

Another thing I look forward to, is running on a race course filled with so many American elite runners.

I was very excited to get an email notification from Chicago Athlete, that runners, such as Galen Rupp, Jordan Hasay, and Joan Benoit Samuelson were running the race. Galen and Jordan, has what it takes to win at Chicago Marathon; both have made huge impacts thus far in the marathon.

Galen Rupp is a bronze medalist that took 3rd place in the 2016 Olympic Games; 2nd place at 2017 Boston Marathon, and has a personal best of 2:09:58 per All-Athletics.com, which was ran at Boston Marathon. Jordan Hasay, who made her debut at 2017 Boston Marathon, broke the record for the fastest American debut by a woman, she smashed it by nearly three minutes running 2:23:00.

Per, Chicago Athlete, 1984 Olympic gold medalist and 1985 Chicago Marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson will be attempting to set an age group world record.  I’m excited for all the American elite athletes, but those are just a few that I’m excited to see running our Chicago Marathon.

Per, Chicago Athlete, there are several international elites running as well. A few, such as returning champions from 2016, Abel Kirui and Florence Kiplagat; both of Kenya.  The international elite field also includes current marathon and course record holder Dennis Kimetto; current half marathon world record holder Zersenay Tadese; and three- time Olympic gold medalist, current; and three-time Olympic gold medalist, current 5000m world record-holder, and the third-fastest woman in history over 42k, Tirunesh Dibaba.

Tirunesh Dibaba and Dennis Kimetto record the fastest personal bests out of the whole entire field, with Tirunesh Dibaba having a personal best of 2:17:56 (London,2017), and Dennis Kimetto having a personal best of 2:02:57 (Berlin,2014).

Even though these American, and International elites will be far ahead of me during my 4th Chicago Marathon, and 19th career marathon; it’s such an honor and privilege to be able to follow in the footsteps of these runners at the 40th Annual Chicago Marathon. I hope Chicago Marathon will continue the tradition of bringing large fields of elite runners, such as this field as the years go on.


“Top American Runners Announced for 40th Chicago Marathon.” NBC Chicago, NBC Chicago, 20 July 2017, www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/chicago-marathon-american-elite-runners-435614793.html. Accessed 15 Aug. 2017.

Majors, Abbott World Marathon. “Where Champions Run.” Abbott World Marathon Majors, www.worldmarathonmajors.com/. Accessed 15 Aug. 2017.

 “Registration for 40th Anniversary Chicago Marathon in 2017 Begins Oct. 25.” Competitor.com, 11 Oct. 2016, running.competitor.com/2016/10/news/registration-40th-anniversary-chicago-marathon-2017-begins-oct-25_157057. Accessed 15 Aug. 2017.

Release, Press. “Rupp, Hasay, Samuelson Among American Runner Field at Chicago Marathon.” Chicago Athlete Magazine, 20 July 2017, www.mychicagoathlete.com/olympic-medalist-rupp-and-marathon-debut-record-holder-hasay-headline-american-runner-field-at-chicago-marathon/. Accessed 18 Aug. 2017.

“Detailed statistics for All-Access Pass holders:” Profile of Galen RUPP | All-Athletics.com, www.all-athletics.com/node/96622. Accessed 18 Aug. 2017.

“Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay Lead American Contenders at Chicago Marathon.” Runner’s World, Runner’s World, 20 July 2017, www.runnersworld.com/chicago-marathon/galen-rupp-and-jordan-hasay-lead-american-contenders-at-chicago-marathon. Accessed 19 Aug. 2017.

Release, Press. “World Record-Holders, Defending Champions Lead 40th Chicago Marathon International Elite Athlete Field.” Chicago Athlete Magazine, 16 Aug. 2017, www.mychicagoathlete.com/world-record-holders-defending-champions-lead-40th-chicago-marathon-international-elite-athlete-field/. Accessed 20 Aug. 2017.



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I'm a military veteran, and a college student at City Colleges of Chicago pursuing a career in mental health. Outside of that I'm a runner, cyclist, blogger, writer, fashion lover, and a Direct Support Professional for adults with disabilities. I fell in love with writing during my second semester of college, and have found joy's in expressing myself with it.


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