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Sunday’s race sees defending champion on the women’s side, Rita Jeptoo and her training partner, Jemima Sumgong battling for the honors. Jeptoo ran her first career sub 2:20 in last year’s race, the fifth fastest time in Chicago Marathon history, and she returns this fall after smashing the Boston Marathon course record in April, running 2:18:57. The 2013 Rotterdam Marathon champion Sumgong, stayed with Jeptoo through 35K during last year’s duel and came home with a second-place finish and a new personal best of 2:20:48.
Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon champion and the 2011 and 2013 Berlin
Marathon champion is also entered along with American Amy Hastings and Ethiopian Birhane Dibaba.
On the men’s side of things, Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge began their competition on the start line more than a decade ago at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in the 5,000m.
While the two men have gone head-to-head more than a dozen times in their careers, their biggest challenge on race day will be the course record, 2:03:45, set last year by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto. Only five men in history have broken 2:04 on record-eligible courses.
Elsewhere, Kenya’s Bernard Koech does not have the longest resume in the field, but he has the second-fastest marathon PR, 2:04:53, from his marathon debut in Dubai in 2013, while Wesley Korir, Bobby Curtis and Matt Llano are also in the lineup.