Sunday October 10th, 2021
Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records and countless personal bests. Runners enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods.
|2nd Male||2:05:46||Dejene Debela||24||ETH|
|3rd Male||2:05:48||Asefa Mengstu||31||ETH|
|4th Male||2:05:53||Bedan Karoki||29||KEN|
|2nd Female||2:20:51||Ababel Yeshaneh||28||ETH|
|3rd Female||2:20:55||Gelete Burka||33||ETH|
|4th Female||2:25:27||Emma Bates||27||USA|
|M 40-49||2:21:32||Sakamoto, Takaya||43||JPN|
|M 50-59||2:41:33||Richard Skilling||53||GBR|
|M 60-69||2:56:56||Lutz Wolfram||60||GER|
|M 70+||3:04:55||Michael Sheridan||70||GBR|
|F 40-49||2:29:45||Lisa Weightman||40||AUS|
|F 50-59||2:58:10||Jiangchuan Wang||51||CHN|
|F 60-69||3:20:23||Karl Langerud||60||NOR|
|F 70+||3:43:42||Myung Hee Kim||70||USA|
(2018) In today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon, more than 44,000* runners crossed the finish line in Chicago’s “front yard,” Grant Park. Beneath cloudy skies, and spotty rain –the first time since 2006 the Chicago Marathon welcomed a diverse field of runners from more than 100 countries, all 50 states and all 50 Chicago Wards. With the reinstatement of pacers and the assembly of a world-class field, this year’s event treated spectators to a variety of thrilling finishes.
In an elite competition stacked with 11 men all with sub 2:08 personal bests and five women who have run 2:20 or faster, the stage was set for a competitive footrace from the official start to the exciting tape finish. The men’s race saw Sir Mo Farah (GBR) dismantle the European record and run the eighth fastest time in Chicago Marathon history, 2:05:11. 2018 Dubai Marathon champion and course record holder, Mosinet Geremew (ETH), hung on for second in 2:05:24 and Suguru Osako (JPN) smashed the Japanese national record to land on the podium in third in 2:05:50.
Repeating a similar theme from the past three years, the top contenders in the women’s field hit the pavement hard from the start and battled out front for as long as they could. 2017 runner up, Brigid Kosgei (KEN), crushed the field when she accelerated before the 20-mile mark and embarked on a solo campaign against the clock to collect her first Abbott World Marathon Majors victory and a new personal best, 2:18:35. Kosgei ran the third fastest time in Chicago Marathon history. 2018 Dubai Marathon champion, Roza Dereje (ETH), ran her second fastest career time to finish second in 2:21:18 and compatriot Shure Demise (ETH) rounded out the top three in 2:22:15.