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Chicago Releases Elite Field – Best in its History

2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Features Strongest Elite Field in Event History

Deriba Merga and Feyisa Lilesa Round Out Men’s Field

McFadden Returns to Defend Wheelchair Title; Van Dyk to Make Chicago Debut

 

CHICAGO –
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon today announced its
complete 2010 men’s and women’s elite field. The additions of Ethiopians
Deriba Merga and Feyisa Lilesa to the men’s competition significantly
strengthen what was already shaping up to be the top field in the
event’s 33-year history. Merga, the 2009 Boston Marathon champion, and
Lelisa, who has a personal best 2:05:23, will join forces with defending
Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya,
London Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Boston Marathon
champion Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya.

 

A
trio of Ethiopian athletes will take the women’s competition to new
heights as well: Astede Baysa, the two-time Paris Marathon champion,
Askale Tafa Magarsa, runner-up at the 2008 Berlin Marathon, and Mamitu
Daksa, the 2010 Dubai Marathon champion, have been added to a field that
already includes defending Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion
Liliya Shobukhova of Russia, London and Berlin Marathon champion Irina
Mikitenko of Germany, and top American Magdalena Lewy-Boulet.

 

“The
best field in Bank of America Chicago Marathon race history just got
even better,” said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “The depth
of talent in the marathon is at an all-time high at the national and
international levels. These athletes are hungry to compete against one
another and this year’s field will bring a new level of excitement to
the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The stage is set for a historic
race on 10-10-10.”

 

The
welcoming of Merga adds even more intrigue to the race’s impact on the
2009-2010 World Marathon Majors series standings as third-ranked Merga
(35 points) is one of the only athletes in reach of surpassing
top-ranked Wanjiru and Kebede (50 points each) before the series
concludes in November in New York.

 

Twenty-year-old
Lilesa is one of the most exiting young athletes in the sport. He ran
near-world record pace through 35 kilometers at the Rotterdam Marathon
in April before finishing fourth in 2:05:23, making him the youngest man
in history to break 2:06 for the marathon.

 

Additional
entrants in the men’s field include Kenya’s Shadrack Biwott, former
standout at the University of Oregon and brother of Duncan Kibet, the
second fastest marathon runner of all time; Kenya’s Wesley Korir,
two-time Los Angeles Marathon champion; Ethiopia’s Negari Terfa, third
place finisher at the 2009 Berlin Marathon; and American Nick Arciniaga,
who ran 2:11:46 at the San Diego Marathon, the fourth-ranked time in
the U.S. for 2010.

 

Elite Wheelchair Competition

The elite wheelchair competition welcomes back defending champion Tatyana McFadden of the United States to the women’s race.

 

McFadden,
a member of the University of Illinois racing team, shocked the field
last year in her marathon debut, outsprinting a field of seasoned
veterans in the closest finish in the event’s history with the top five
women all finishing within three seconds of one another. McFadden will
be challenged by her University of Illinois teammate, Amanda McGrory,
the 2007 and 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion.

 


South Africa’s Ernst Van Dyk highlights the men’s elite
wheelchair race. Van Dyk, who will be making his first appearance in
Chicago, has notched marathon victories world-wide, including New York
City, Paris, Los Angeles and Boston, where he is the event’s most
decorated champion with nine victories. Van Dyk’s toughest competition
will come from another Bank of America Chicago Marathon newcomer, Heinz
Frei of Switzerland, one of the sport’s great champions and recorder of
the fastest time ever achieved on a flat course marathon (1:20:14). Frei
is a three-time winner of the London Marathon and a 14-time Paralympic
Games gold medalist.

 

A complete roster of elite athletes for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon follows:

 

Men

Name                                      Country           Personal Record

Sammy Wanjiru                        KEN                2:05:10

Vincent Kipruto                         KEN                2:05:13

Tsegaye Kebede                       ETH                 2:05:18

Feyisa Lilesa                            ETH                 2:05:23

Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot           KEN                2:05:52

Deriba Merga                            ETH                 2:06:38

Negari Terfa                              ETH                 2:07:41

Wesley Korir                             KEN                2:08:24

Laban Moiben                           KEN                2:09:43

Ridouane Harroufi                      MAR                2:10:14

Nick Arciniaga                          USA                2:11:46

Jason Hartmann                        USA                2:12:09

Justin Young                             USA                2:13:52

Chad Johnson                           USA                2:15:03

Mike Morgan                             USA                2:15:11

Luke Humphrey                         USA                2:15:22

Patrick Rizzo                            USA                2:15:48

Mike Sayenko                           USA                2:16:38

Fasil Bizuneh                            USA                2:16:47

James Carney                           USA                2:16:54

Boaz Cheboiywo                        KEN                2:21:40

Shadrack Biwott                        KEN                Debut

Juan Carlos Romero                   MEX                Debut

 

Women

Name                                       Country           Personal Record

Irina Mikitenko                           GER                2:19:19

Askale Tafa Magarsa                  ETH                 2:21:31

Naoko Sakamoto                        JPN                 2:21:51

Liliya Shobukhova                       RUS                2:22:00

Atsede Baysa                            ETH                 2:22:04

Mamitu Daska                            ETH                 2:24:19

Lidiya Grigoryeva                        RUS                2:25:10

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet              USA                2:26:22

Colleen De Reuck                       USA                2:26:35

Desiree Davila                            USA                2:27:53

Liz Yelling                                  GBR                2:28:33

Kaori Yoshida                             JPN                 2:30:58

Melissa White                            USA                2:32:55

Tera Moody                                USA                2:32:59

Zoila Gomez                               USA                2:33:53

Dot McMahan                             USA                2:35:02

Maria Konovalova                        RUS                2:35:21

Erin Moeller                                USA                2:36:51

Andrea Pomaranski                     USA                2:37:44

Fiona Docherty                           NZL                 2:37:55

Kim Duclos                                USA                2:38:21

Jennifer Houck                           USA                2:39:02

Jia Chaofeng                              CHN                2:40:33

Diane Nukuri-Johnson                 BDI                  Debut

Molly Pritz                                USA                Debut

 

Wheelchair Men

Name                                      Country

Adam Bleakney                        USA

Rafel Botello                             ESP

Heinz Frei                                SUI

Joshua George                         USA

Tony Iniguez                             USA

Saul Mendoza                          MEX

Santiago Sanz                          ESP

Masazumi Soejima                   JPN

Ernst Van Dyk                         RSA

 

Wheelchair Women

Name                                     Country

Kelsey LeFevour                      USA

Maggie Frederick                     USA

Tatyana McFadden                  USA

Amanda McGrory                    USA

 

About the Bank of America Chicago Marathon


In its 33rd year and a member of the World Marathon
Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000
participants, including a world class elite field and a world class
elite wheelchair field, and 1.7 million spectators. As a result of its
national and international draw, the iconic race assists in raising $10
million for a variety of charitable causes while generating a $150
million economic impact to its host city according to a report by the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Regional Economics
Applications Laboratory (R.E.A.L.). The 2010 Bank of America Chicago
Marathon will start and finish in Chicago’s Grant Park beginning at 7:30
a.m. on
Sunday, October 10. In advance of the race, a two-day Health &
Fitness Expo will be held at McCormick Place Convention Center on
Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9. More information on the race
and how to get involved is available at the event Web site,
chicagomarathon.com.

www.chicagomarathon.com

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