Fresh off their impressive podium finishes at the 2017 Boston Marathon, former Ducks Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay will join the elite field at this year’s Chicago Marathon in October.
The Chicago Marathon is part of the Abbot World Marathon Majors, a series of six of the most prestigious marathons in the world, held in New York City, Boston, Chicago, London, Berlin and Tokyo. Athletes score points based on how they do in the races, and the man and woman with the most points at the end of the year takes home a cool half a million dollars.
Since making his marathon debut at the 2016 Olympic Trials, Rupp has never finished worse than third. He won the trials, then won bronze at the Olympics and then finished second in the Boston Marathon, setting a PR of 2:09:58.
Hasay made a splash in her marathon debut at the 2017 Boston Marathon, clocking the fastest debut time for an American woman at 2:23:00, breaking the old record by almost three minutes.
It’ll be really interesting to see how fast these two can go. For Rupp, all his marathons have been more about position than time, and for both of them, the Boston Marathon is such a brutal course, you can't really use it to gage how fast someone could go. That won’t be the case in the Chicago Marathon, where the change between the lowest point on the course and the highest point is just over 25 feet.