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Chicago Marathon 2009


Kenya's Sammy Wanjiru won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon today in 2:05:41, beating the course record by one second. The women's winner was Liliya Shobukhova of Russia with a time of 2:25:56.

The wheelchair marathon race was won by Kurt Fearnley of Australia in 1:29:09, his third Chicago win and missing his own course record by 63 seconds. The women's wheelchair results were won by Tatyana McFadden of the US. (Can't find her time, sorry.)


Being a runner and a native Chicagoan, I think these times are absolutely ridiculous and incredibly inspirational - especially Kurt Fearnley's results. I should be able to finish a half marathon in the same time Sammy Wanjiru took to finish this marathon. Maybe. If I'm lucky.

Do you think you'd be able to do a 2:05:xx half marathon? (That's a pace of 9 minutes 33 seconds a mile for 13.1 miles.)

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  1. hellz to the no. I was a long distance runner back in junior Hs, but that was years ago. i don't even think i can run one mile before fainting.

    But i will say, I am so sick of Kenyans dominating the marathons and other long distance events. It's just not interesting. That's why it's good to hear a Russian won the womans.

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  2. yeah, I think the Kenyans are pretty hardcore... but I've noticed that in general the winners of the women's marathon/long distance events tend to be from more varied locations than the winners of the men's events. idk why though...

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