The 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the iconic marathons in our sport. The NN Running Team boasts an exciting set of challengers for the event on Sunday (8 October). We preview the action.
An athlete of rich potential, the Kenyan is all set to make his marathon debut on the streets of Chicago. Daniel has forged an enviable reputation over the half-marathon distance with a series of quality performances. Running a sub-60-minute time in six of his last seven half marathons his blistering PB of 58:26 places him ninth on the all-time list for the 21.1km distance. Should he successfully convert that speed into the longer marathon trip he could figure prominently in Chicago.
Part of a stable of young, emerging Ethiopian marathoners within the NN Running Team, Huseyidin will seek to make an impact in Chicago and build on his promising career. A sub-60-minute half marathoner he has made a successful transition to the marathon distance. In 2022 he set a PB of 2:05:05 for fifth in Amsterdam and in his most recent outing he finished second in 2:05:22 at the Tokyo Marathon. Chicago represents another exciting barometer of his upwardly mobile career.
A multiple world record-breaking performer on the track, Genzebe is showing exciting progress in her transition to life on the roads. A six-time world track champion (one outdoor and five indoor golds) and Olympic 1500m silver medalist she boasts a half marathon PB of 1:05:18 and an impressive marathon best of 2:18:05 set when second at the 2022 TCS Amsterdam Marathon. The Ethiopian faces a stellar field in Chicago but has the credentials to match it with the very best.
Tell me more about the Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
First contested in 1977 the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the world’s most iconic marathons. Starting and finishing at the historic Grant Park the flat and fast course runs through 29 diverse neighborhoods. The course has witnessed five world records in the past. Conditions in Chicago in October can be changeable but it traditionally throws up dry conditions and temperatures between 12 and 20 degrees Celsius.
The fields for the 2023 edition look the deepest in history promising to challenge every athlete taking part in a race through the streets of the “Windy City” on Sunday.