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Kenyan Ruth Chepngetich defended her Chicago Marathon title Sunday by nearly taking fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei’s world record. She clocked the new personal best in 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds. Kosgei’s world record was set in Chicago in 2019 in the time of 2:14:04. Chepngetich’s personal best was 2:17:08 from the 2019 running of the Dubai Marathon.

The 28-year-old established first place early and had built a near four-minute lead by halfway.

Although Chepngethich put in a strong finish to try to take the world record, she came up 14 seconds short.

She told the media, “I wanted to break the world record, but I’m happy. Next year I’m ready to come back again.”

American Emily Sisson took second place and established a new national record with her 2:18:29 finish. Kenyan Vivian Jerono Kiplagat was third in 2:20:52.

Sisson broke Keira D’Amato’s national record that was set earlier this year in Houston in January in the time of 2:19:12, who had taken Deena Kastor’s long-running national record.

It was a Kenyan double as Benson Kipruto won the men’s race in the time of 2:04:24.

Kipruto worked with a large lead pack from the start and stayed with them for most of the race, however, he took command with two kilometres to go. He dropped Ethiopian Seifu Tura Abdiwak at the 40K point with a big surge.

Tura Abdiwak finished second in 2:04:49, and Kenyan John Korir took third in 2:05:01.

“I’m so happy, I’m here to take up from where [Chumba] left.”

Dickson Chumba finished in third place at the 2014 Chicago Marathon in the time of 2:04:32. Chumba finished top three at Chicago three years running: 2014, won it in 2015, and finished in second place in 2016.

Over 40,000 runners took in the Chicago Marathon.


1. Benson Kipruto (KEN) — 2:04:24
2. Seifu Tura (ETH) — 2:04:49
3. John Korir (KEN) — 2:05:01
4. Bernard Koech (KEN) — 2:07:15
5. Shifera Tamru (ETH) — 2:07:53
6. Kyohei Hosoya (JPN) — 2:08:05
7. Conner Mantz (USA) — 2:08:16
8. Hamza Sahli (MAR) — 2:08:22
9. Eric Kiptanui (KEN) — 2:08:26
10. Dong Guojian (CHN) — 2:08:53

1. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) — 2:14:18
 (Second-fastest time in history)
2. Emily Sisson (USA) — 2:18:29 (American record)
3. Vivian Kiplagat (KEN) — 2:20:52
4. Ruti Aga (ETH) — 2:21:41
5. Waganesh Mekasha (ETH) — 2:23:41
6. Susanna Sullivan (USA) — 2:25:14
7. Sara Vaughn (USA) — 2:26:23
8. Maggie Montoya (USA) — 2:28:07
9. Sarah Inglis (GBR) — 2:29:37
10. Makena Morley (USA) — 2:30:38

Men’s Wheelchair
1. Marcel Hug (SUI) — 1:25:20

2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) — 1:33:12
3. Aaron Pike (USA) — 1:33:13
4. Sho Watanabe (JPN) — 1:34:55
5. Patrick Monahan (IRL) — 1:34:58
6. JohnBoy Smith (GBR) — 1:35:02
7. Evan Correll (USA) — 1:36:24
8. Josh Cassidy (USA) — 1:36:57
9. Rafael Botello Jimenez (ESP) — 1:37:18
10. Jorge Madera Jimenez (ESP) — 1:37:18

Women’s Wheelchair
1. Susannah Scaroni (USA) — 1:45:48
2. Tatyana McFadden (USA) — 1:49:46
3. Jenna Fesemyer (USA) — 1:49:52
4. Yen Hoang (CHN) — 1:49:54
5. Vanessa De Souza (BRA) — 1:49:57
6. Christie Dawes (AUS) — 1:50:02


The Royal Victoria Marathon took place in Victoria, BC Sunday. The race weekend included the marathon, half-marathon, and 8K.

For the marathon runners, it was a cool start with a warm finish. Temperatures swung from 8C overnight to 26C in some parts of the city. As the races use Beach Drive and Dallas Road — oceanside portions of the route — athletes enjoyed a reprieve from the warmer inland sections.

It was a masterful day in the capital city of British Columbia as Teferei Balcha won the men’s race in the time of 2:25:26. He is a former Ethiopian now living in Victoria. The 41-year-old owns a personal best of 2:07:38.

Aidan Anderson of Vancouver took second in the time of 2:29:55, while Victoria’s own Jonathan Walker clocked a 2:33:46 performance for third.

Rozlyn Boutin of Vancouver, a family physician running around 100 kilometres per week, got her first marathon win and a new personal best time by three minutes clocking a 2:46:49 time, good for ninth overall.

Kat Drew of Vancouver took second in the time of 2:49:26.

Former winner Andrea Lee had the lead going out but had a positive split coming back. Her training wasn’t quite as good this year, she admitted. Lee clocked a 2:51:04 and was hoping for approximately 10 minutes faster.

Andrea Lee during the latter kilometres of the marathon. Photo credit: Keith Mills

In the half-marathon, Victoria’s own 40-year-old master and Prairie Inn Harrier member Andrew Russell clocked a 1:11:10 for the win. Greg Ord of Cochrane, Alberta finished second in the time of 1:11:56, while the third-place finisher was Jeff Vogt of Kelowna, BC with his 1:13:10 clocking — he too is a master in the 40-44 age category.

Sally Crowther of Kirkland, Washington won the women’s race in the time of 1:16:48. She is not a master, but second-place finisher Jen Millar is. Millar finished in the time of 1:19:06. The third-place finisher was Christine Bant in the time of 1:20:49.

Thomas Broach of Vancouver won the 8K in the time of 23:42. Courtney Brohart took the women’s race with a time of 27:40.

Full results are here>>