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The upcoming Chicago Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 8, 2023. The pathway will take the runners through Millennium Park and the streets of Chicago. The renowned marathon course has a reputation for producing buzz in the marathon world and setting world records.

Chicago’s marathon course is flat ground and is often considered one of the fastest in the United States. It has witnessed some exceptional performances in the past.  The top three finishers for both men and women will be titled, having met qualifying performance standards. Let’s see who these athletes are and if they are capable of making their dreams come true.

USA’s Olympic hopes rest on the runners at the Chicago Marathon

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The Chicago Marathon will have a hand in deciding the fate of the USA’s Olympic marathon aspirants. Weather conditions for the race look promising, with temperatures expected to range from 46°F to 57°F. Although there will be a moderate breeze with 10-15mph winds. The course’s layout is flanked by high rises in many places and is well-suited to handle wind. CITIUS MAG have fed the anticipation of the fans by posting this on Twitter (now X).

The 2023 marathon season has seen some remarkable developments. Eliud Kipchoge experienced an unusual loss at the 2023 Boston Marathon. After that, Kelvin Kiptum emerged as a sensation. The runner then won the London Marathon in a stunning time of 2:01:25.

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Kiptum’s performance was particularly remarkable because he closed the second half of the race in an astonishing 59:45. He managed to secure the record of the fastest second half marathon ever recorded. The more incredible thing was having no competitors to push him. This achievement raised the question of whether Kiptum might surpass the world record held by Kipchoge. Though Kiptum only participated in one race this year, his London Marathon still establishes him as a huge competition in the running.

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If he arrives at the Chicago Marathon in top form and injury-free, he will be a formidable champion. Among the contenders in the men’s field, 2022 Chicago Marathon champion Benson Kipruto stands out, as does Seifu Tura. Bashir Abdi is a highly accomplished marathoner with World/Olympic medals. He even won the Rotterdam Marathon and is seeking his first major win on the global stage.

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American hopefuls at the Chicago Marathon

The American men’s marathon scene presents an interesting scenario. Currently, there are no American male marathoners who have achieved Olympic qualifying times. The three entrants in the Chicago Marathon—Galen Rupp (2:06:07), Leonard Korir (2:07:56), and Conner Mantz (2:08:16)—have personal bests close to the Olympic standard of 2:08:10.

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There have been only 11 instances of three American male runners achieving sub-2:08 marathon times in a single race. This would be a historic achievement impacting the qualification for the 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials. The 2023 Chicago Marathon promises to be an exciting event with the potential for record-breaking performances. Road running enthusiasts will have plenty to cheer for during this exciting race.

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