CHICAGO – Follow live online streaming coverage of the 2015 Chicago Marathon at NBCChicago.com.
Fans who are unable, or simply unwilling to get out of their warm beds at 7:00 a.m., can still following some of the top elite runners in their quest for the men’s and women’s titles.
The website announced that broadcasting will be available from 7 a.m. and will stay available for four hours of race time, before the online live stream moves to the finish line from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, race organizers have announced that there will be no pace makers for this year’s edition of the Chicago Marathon, with both fields are equipped with strong enough talents to setup quick races.
In fact, the men’s category will see two men with personal bests faster than 2:05.
Heading that list is Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara, who will be hoping to make 2015 his glory year.
Kitwara will be racing in his fourth Chicago Marathon, and base on his progressions through the first three years, he is predicted to finish as the champion.
Let’s see; in 2012 he finished in fourth place, but improved the following year to cross the finish line third in 2013.
With his current personal best of 2:04:28, Kitwara finished second and he will be hoping to go one better this time out.
His countryman Dickson Chumba, who was third behind him and race winner Eliud Kipchoge in last year’s race with a personal best 2:04:32, is also back and he could be a danger.
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede, who won the Chicago Marathon three-years-ago, had to withdraw because of illness, but 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir is entered.
Meanwhile, the women’s race will see three women who have run faster than 2:23 at the starting line.
Last year’s runner-up Florence Kiplagat of Kenya is back in Chicago looking to improve on the 2:25:57 performance.
However, Mulu Seboka of Ethiopia has posted a personal best of 2:21:56 in Dubai earlier this year and is expected to be one her main challengers.