Kimetto, Jeptoo Take Top Honors in 36th Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Kenyans Dennis Kimetto and Rita Jeptoo finished first in the 36th running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, setting both course and 2013 records in the process.


Kimetto’s blistering 2:03:45 knocked 53 seconds of the course record set in 2012 by Tsegaye Kebede. 2011 Chicago Marathon champion Moses Mosop led the pack through the halfway point, but Kimetto and fellow Kenyans Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Micah Kogo pulled away later in the race. Mutai stayed close with Kimetto up the Roosevelt Road overpass, but Kimetto finished ahead by seven second to take first in the race. Both runners notched personal bests for the day and set the fourth and fifth fastest marathon performance times ever at the race and was the first time in history two athletes broke 2:04 on a record-eligible course in the same race.


Dathan Ritzenhein was the first American across the finish line, completing the race in 2:09:45 for a fifth place finish. It was the second fastest performance of his career and his best finish at a Major marathon.


Eight women led the race to the 25K mark, where Jeptoo and Jemima Sumgong separated themselves from the other runners. Jeptoo’s 15:57 split between the 35K and 40K sealed her victory and allowed her to break 2:20 for the first time in her career. Her win marked the first Kenyan female victory since 2001, and her 2:19:57 was the fifth fastest performance at Chicago.


Clara Santucci was the first American woman to finish the race with a 2:31:39, good for ninth place.


Tatyana McFadden put her name in the record books on Oct. 13 as well, breaking the previous course record with a 1:42:35 personal best. It was McFadden’s third consecutive Chicago win. Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa won the men’s wheelchair race in 1:30:37, just one second before runner-up Kurt Fearnley of Australia.


Overall, 39,155 runners crossed the finish line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the highest number of finisher in the event’s history.