Farah’s won in Chicago last year with a European record of 2:05:11. The four-time Olympic gold medallist returns to Chicago after starting his 2019 season with a fifth-place finish at the London Marathon in 2:05:39.
“Winning the Chicago Marathon last year was very special for me,” said Farah. “It was my first time to win a World Marathon Major and my time was a European record. I am looking forward to returning in 2019 to defend my title on the streets of Chicago. It is a fast course with good organisation. I expect they will recruit a strong field to make it a great race.”
Rupp, a two-time Olympic medallist, became the first US man to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002. Rupp finished fifth in Chicago last year in 2:06:21, just 14 seconds shy of his PB.
“I am thrilled to announce that I will be running the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon,” said Rupp. “I could not be more excited to return to a city and marathon that is so special to me. After undergoing surgery following last year’s race, I have been pouring all of my energy into my recovery and returning strong in 2019. I look forward to being at my best again and giving it all I have in October.”
Rupp’s training partner, Jordan Hasay, will also be making something of a comeback. After a 2017 season in which she clocked 2:23:00 for a third-place finish in Boston on her marathon debut and then finish third in Chicago in 2:20:57, the second-fastest time ever run by a US, she cut short her 2018 season due to two stress fractures in her foot. She returned to action earlier this year with another third-place finish in Boston, clocking 2:25:20.
“I am honoured to return to the streets of Chicago,” said Hasay, who hopes to break Deena Kastor’s North American record of 2:19:36. “I love the fast course and exciting atmosphere, which I believe can lead to an attempt at the American record. I look forward to being at my best again and giving it all I have in October.”
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