Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede took full advantage of ideal racing conditions to clock a course record time of 2:04:38 at yesterday's Chicago marathon; the 25 year old collected $150,000 (including a $50,000 bonus for setting a new event best time).
The women's race was a dramatic affair which saw Atsede Bayso (2:22:03) edge Rita Jeptoo. The 25 year old Ethiopian had just one second to spare over her older Kenyan rival (31) at the finish. Neither though were close to Paula Radcliffe's 10 year course record of 2:17:18.
An estimated 40,000 took part in the 2012 Chicage marathon, which started with a siren at around 7:30am in a chilly Grant Park and saw the field head out on a flat course through 29 districts of the Mid-West city before returning to the start.
Among the huge field was EJ Scott who ran the marathon blindfold. Scott suffers from a rare retinal degenerative disease, choroidermia, which leads to total blindness. And though he has been running regularly for the last few years, this year he set an ambitious goal: to run 12 marathons in 12 cities in one year while raising more than 100,000 dollars for research for choroidermia.
Scott wore a blindfold to protect his eyes from the sunlight and despite some problems in running he crossed the line on 6:55:32 (unofficial). The 36 year old now heads for New York and Las Vegas to complete his 12-marathon target.