Chicago Marathon 2019

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 More than 45,000 runners from 50 states and more than 100 countries will navigate the streets of the Windy City for Chicago Marathon 2019 Live this weekend. Held every October, the Chicago Marathon is one of six World Marathon Majors, along with the races held in Boston, New York, London, Berlin and Tokyo. The first edition of this race was held in 1977, and it’s taken place every year since, except for 1987. Before the 42nd Chicago Marathon takes place on Sunday, here’s everything you need to know for this year’s race. On Sunday, October 13, nearly 45,000 elites, seasoned runners, celebrities, and newbie marathoners will charge to the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park during the Chicago Marathon, a race so pancake-flat and well-supported by spectators that fast times are almost guaranteed. Since the marathon’s founding in 1977, the event has witnessed world-class athletes break numerous records, race-day temperatures ranging from as high as the upper 80s to as low as the 20s, thousands of sports drinks and energy gels being consumed, and too many finish line celebrations to count. Here, we’re giving you a rundown of the marathon—including facts and figures about field size, past winners, and weather stats—plus a preview of the 2019 race. How the Chicago Marathon Came to Be In 1977, Michael Bilandic, who was then the mayor of Chicago and an enthusiastic runner, threw his support behind putting on a race along the downtown streets of the Windy City. The Chicago Marathon was dreamed up by five founders, including original race director Wendy Miller, in November of 1976, and officially kicked off on September 25, 1977. When: Sunday, October 13 Start time: 8:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. CT Course map: Available on ChicagoMarathon.com Road Closures: More than 40 streets will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. CT, and they’re not scheduled to reopen until between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. CT. A full list of closures can be found at ChicagoMarathon.com. The History of the Berlin Marathon Chicago Marathon 2019 Fees for that debut event were just $5, and more than 4,200 runners showed up to compete—including 8-year-old Wesley Paul, who finished in 3:15:20—making the Mayor Daley Marathon (named after former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley) the largest 26.2-mile race in the world at the time. The 1977 men’s winner was Indiana native Dan Cloeter, who ran 2:17:52, while Texan Dorothy Doolittle won the women’s race in 2:50:47. The enormous success of that debut marathon not only established the annual race for years to come, but it also set other running initiatives into motion. Under Bilandic’s hand, what was once an old equestrian trail along Lake Michigan was paved into a five-mile running path, which eventually became the 18-mile lakefront route that Chicago runners know and love today. Past Winners and Prize Money Since the event’s founding, Chicago has grown tremendously in size and talent. The combination of a deep field, fast course, and a sizable prize purse has attracted the best of the best over the years. What You Need to Know About the Marathon Majors In 1982, race organizers awarded winners with prize money for the first time; that year, Americans Greg Meyer (2:10:59) and Nancy Conz (2:33:23) each took home $12,000. In 2018, Mo Farah and Brigid Kosgei each won $100,000 for breaking the tape, while wheelchair division winners Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär took home $15,000. Chicago also offers a $75,000 bonus for runners who set the course record, and a $5,000 bonus for wheelchair athletes who do. Four marathon world records have been set on the course: in 1984, Steve Jones set the men’s record of 2:08:05; Khalid Khannouchi set the men’s record of 2:05:42 in 1999; Catherine Ndereba set the mixed-gender women’s record of 2:18:47 in 2001; and Paula Radcliffe lowered that mark to 2:17:18 in 2002. Radcliffe’s time is still the current women’s course record for Chicago, while Dennis Kimetto owns the course record for men, 2:03:45, which he ran in 2013. Here are the past 10 male and female winners, respectively, of the Chicago Marathon: 2018: Mo Farah of Great Britain (2:05:11), Brigid Kosgei of Kenya (2:18:35) 2017: Galen Rupp of USA (2:09:20), Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:18:31) 2016: Abel Kirui of Kenya (2:11:23), Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:21:32) 2015: Dickson Chumba of Kenya (2:09:25), Florence Kiplagat of Kenya (2:23:33) 2014: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya (2:04:11), Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:25:37) 2013: Dennis Kimetto of Kenya (2:03:45), Rita Jeptoo of Kenya (2:19:57) 2012: Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (2:04:38), Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia (2:22:03) 2011: Moses Mosop of Kenya (2:05:37), Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia (2:22:09) 2010: Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya (2:06:23), Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia (2:23:40) 2009: Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya (2:05:41), Irina Mikitenko of Germany (2:26:31) 2008: Evans Cheruiyot of Kenya (2:06:25), Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia (2:27:17) Field Size and Weather While Chicago’s flat course certainly contributed to fast performances in the past, the infectious atmosphere, competitive field, and weather on race day has helped, too. In 2007, the race began capping its field at 45,000 participants, making the it more than 10 times larger than it was 30 years prior. Every year since then, more than 40,000 runners have participated in Chicago; in 2018, 44,571 runners crossed the finish line in Grant Park. In 2007, marathoners suffered record-high temps of 89 degrees and 73 percent humidity on race day. In 1988—the coldest race ever recorded—they endured temps as low as 21 degrees. In 1993, participants ran through snow. Last year, conditions were damp and rainy, which produced slick spots on the road and air that felt warmer than usual, because of the humidity. The average highs/lows in early October for Chicago is usually in the lows 60s to low 40s. How to Get In Registration dates usually aren’t announced until race weekend, but in years past, you’d apply for the lottery starting in October, then find out in December. You’re guaranteed entry if you already ran the race five or more times over the last decade. (Find more information on the registration process, including how to run for charity, on the Chicago Marathon website.) To secure guaranteed entry, you have to hit a time standard between January 1 and when registration usually closes in late November. Here are the current time standards for Chicago, broken down by age group: 16 to 29 years old (3:05 for men, 3:35 for women) 30 to 39 (3:10 for men, 3:40 for women) 40 to 49 (3:20 for men, 3:50 for women) 50 to 59 (3:35 for men, 4:20 for women) 60 to 69 (4:00 for men, 5:00 for women) 70 to 79 (4:30 for men, 5:55 for women) 80-plus (5:25 for men, 6:10 for women) Quick Rundown of the Course Because much of the route is flat as a pancake, and race day mornings are usually brisk, it can be hard to hold back in the early miles of Chicago—but no matter how good you feel from the gun, 26.2 miles is still a long ways to go, so proper pacing is key for staying strong through the finish. 10 Tips for Running Your Best Chicago Marathon The loop course starts and finishes in Grant Park along Lake Michigan; runners go northward for about eight miles, then turn back south, going past Lincoln Park and Old Town until they hit the halfway point, where they change directions and head east. For miles 14 through 19, runners pass through the West Loop and University Village, where they are cheered on by two enormous block parties along the course. During mile 20, the course turns westward again before heading back to the lakefront. Runners take a spin through Chinatown, then on mile 24, head toward Michigan Avenue via Indiana Avenue before kicking it in for the straightaway finish.