The 37th annual Chicago marathon will be held on Sunday and Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo who is there to defend her 2013 championship.
She clocked a personal best of 2:19:57 last year and is a Boston Marathon champion this year.
Aslo on the lookout is Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44), Jemima Sumgong (2:20:48) and Ethiopia’s Birhane Dibaba (2:22:30
The men’s side will be represented by Eliud Kipchoge who has a personal best of 2:05:04 and he will be up against stiff competition from Kenenisa Bekele who has a personal best of 2:04:05.
Dennis Kimetto who is the record holder with a personal best time of 2:02:57 did not enter the race. Kenya’s Sammy Kitwara (2:05:16), Bernard Koech (2:04:53) and Dickson Chumba (2:05:42) are also in the race.
Speaking to AP news Jeptoo said “I’m here again to try my best and (run) my best time in Chicago. Everybody here, I think, is ready for a run on Sunday. Everybody is ready to run fast.”
The race will begin at 1:30 pm Kenyan time.