Chicago Marathon

Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

Lawrence Cherono outkicks second and third to win 2019 Chicago Marathon

After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.

Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.

Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first. 

Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.

Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.

 

Looking ahead to Sunday's Chicago Marathon

Looking ahead to Sunday's Chicago Marathon

The 39th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is nearly upon us.

The 26.2-mile race will take place on Sunday and will be televised on NBC at 7 a.m. This year more than 41,000 runners are expected to start.

This year's route begins and ends in Grant Park. The race will pass through Lincoln Park and go as far north as Addison St., just a few blocks east of Wrigley Field, before heading back south. The runners will then go back towards the Loop, passing by CSN Chicago's office on Orleans St. just before crossing the Chicago River again. The race will turn west at Adams St., taking runners all the way to Damen Ave., a block south of the United Center. Towards the end of the race, runners will approach U.S Cellular Field as the course cuts through the Illinois Institute of Technology and De La Salle before cutting north on Michigan Ave. to finish the race.

There is also a free app for the marathon that features live race day runner tracking, a schedule, weather updates, an interactive course map, photos and more. Click here for more info on the app which is powered by Tata Consultancy Services.

Executive race director Carey Pinkowski was a guest on SportsTalk Live. Watch the video including him above for more on the upcoming race.