Chicago Marathon: 2019 live stream, An ideal day for the 45,000 people running today’s 42nd Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The temperature for the start is expected to be 46 degrees, and then rise to the low 50s by early afternoon.
Wheelchair competitors will go first at 7:20 a.m., followed by the handcycle participants at 7:22 a.m. and athletes with disabilities at 7:23 a.m.
The first wave of runners, which includes the elite field, starts at 7:30 a.m. The second two waves will go at 8 a.m. and then 8:35a.m.
The men’s field features two former champions: American Galen Rupp became the first American to win the Chicago Marathon in 15 years when he won in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds in 2017; British runner Mo Farah won in 2018 in 2:05:11.
In the women’s field, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei could make history. She set a personal best in the London Marathon in 2:18:20, which isn’t far off Paula Radcliffe’s Chicago Marathon record of 2:17:18. The overall record is 2:12:25.
American Jordan Hasay Hasay, who has a personal best of 2:20:57, will be a must-watch among a strong group of American women including Emma Bates (2:28:19) and Stephanie Bruce (2:29:20).
The wheelchair competitors will be racing not only to win the Chicago Marathon, but also for a spot on the U.S. team for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Illinois alumna Tatyana McFadden heads the women’s field. She has won Chicago eight times. American record holders Aaron Pike and Susannah Scaroni will also be in the race.
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