The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced that the 2013 elite competition will feature four of the world’s fastest marathon men and the top two finishers from last year’s women’s race. Kenya’s Moses Mosop, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai, and Ethiopia’s Ayele Abshero all rank among the top 11 marathon performers in history. Mosop leads the way as the second-fastest marathoner of all time with a personal best 2:03:06, followed by Kimetto (No. 6, 2:04:16), Abshero (No. 7, 2:04:23) and Mutai (No. 11, 2:04:40). In the women’s race, Ethiopia’s Atsede Baysa and Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo will face one another for the first time since their dramatic sprint finish down Columbus Drive last fall.
“It will be hard to top last year when the top three men all broke the previous course record and the women’s race was decided by a single second, but this is the field that can do it,” said Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “These athletes are among the most exciting in the sport, not only with their fast times, but with their proven ability to win on the biggest stages in the world. We have two returning champions in Moses from 2011 and Atsede with her memorable victory last year. They are the ones to beat, but they’ll have their work cut out for them against deep competition.”
The men’s fieldThe men will challenge the Chicago Marathon course record of 2:04:38 set last year by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, who represented his country this summer at the IAAF World Championships Marathon.
Mosop was the runaway winner at the 2011 Chicago Marathon, setting a then course record 2:05:37. He missed last year’s race due to his selection to Kenya’s 2012 Olympic team and subsequent injury. He is back to full strength and looking to reclaim his title and course mark. In his debut at the 2011 Boston Marathon, he was runner-up in what stands as the second-fastest performance in history and the world’s fastest debut.