Around 45,000 competitors are expected to take part in the 37th Chicago Marathon tomorrow (Sunday 12 October). Among those competing will be Larry Moon who has run the race every year since its inception in 1977.
Larry said: "I wanted to say I ran in the first Chicago Marathon, I didn't know I'd keep saying it every year." He has previously commented: “If I had not done the first one, I would not still be doing it year after year. If I miss a year, it's not going to be the same if I don't keep this string going every year. Jokingly adding: “Now I'm just trying to run fast enough that they don't pull me off the course.”
The race will see 5k and 10k world champion, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia competing in his second marathon after making a winning 26.2-mile debut at Paris earlier this year. He will face off against Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who was a surprise winner against Bekele in World Championships 5000m final.
In the women’s race, Rita Jeptoo and Florence Kiplagat are the favourites. 33-year-old Jeptoo has been fastest female at the last two Boston Marathons and was first woman past the finish line in last year’s Chicago Marathon. 6 years her junior, Kiplagat is the world half marathon record holder and two time Berlin Marathon winner with a best time of 2:19:44.
Known for its fast and flat course, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has produced four marathon world records, several national records and countless personal bests. Current world record holder Dennis Kimetto won last year's men's race with a course record of 2:03:45. In addition to its speed, the race offers a scenic tour of Chicago as it weaves through 29 diverse neighbourhoods and historical landmarks, guaranteeing an exciting marathon that gives you the chance to see all that is great about the Windy City.