The first place finishers of the annual Bank of America marathon in Chicago finished just before and just after the two-hour mark. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
Under tighter security, the 36th annual Chicago Marathon launched Sunday morning with the winning runners crossing the finish line in just over two hours.
Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Emannuel Mutai pushed each other to smash the course record with Kimetto winning in 2:03:45, short of the world record.
Rita Jeptoo separated from fellow Kenyan Jemima Jelagat Sumgong in the final miles Sunday of the 36th Bank of America Chicago Marathon, winning the women’s side in 2:19:57 in her personal best.
American Tatyana McFadden won the third consecutive side of the women’s wheelchair race in 1:42:35, by three seconds. She also became the first to win Boston, London and Chicago marathons consecutively. She goes in Nov. 3 in New York.
The 26.2-mile marathon course started at 7:30 a.m. at Monroe and Columbus, winding through 29 neighborhoods continuing as far north as Addison, as far west as Damen and as far south as 35th, finishing in Grant Park at Columbus.
This year some 45,000 marathoners registered and organizers said 40,143 crossed the starting line, up 2,000 from last year. Race staff expect to top the record of 37,475 finishers last year. Along the route, some 1.7 million spectators are expected to cheer on the athletes.
In a nearly photo-finish wheelchair race, South African Ernst Van Dyk won in 1:30:37, by one second over two others.