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2014 Elite Athlete Field

Elite athlete roster
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Elite athlete roster

Men

Name
Eliud Kipchoge
Tadese Tola
Feyisa Lilesa
Bernard Koech
Kenenisa Bekele
Sammy Kitwara
Dickson Chumba
Wesley Korir
Koji Kobayashi
Satoru Sasaki
Ryosuke Fukuyama
Rui Yonezawa
Naoki Okamoto
Bobby Curtis
Patrick Rizzo
Craig Leon
Mike Morgan
Luke Humphrey
Christo Landry
Miguel Almachi
Tim Young
Jameson Mora
Gabe Proctor
Bayron Piedra
Matt Llano
Brendan Gregg
Jake Riley
Country
KEN
ETH
ETH
KEN
ETH
KEN
KEN
KEN
JPN
JPN
JPN
JPN
JPN
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
ECU
USA
USA
USA
ECU
USA
USA
USA
Personal best
2:04:05
2:04:49
2:04:52
2:04:53
2:05:04
2:05:16
2:05:42
2:06:13
2:08:51
2:09:47
2:10:59
2:11:59
2:12:31
2:13:24
2:13:42
2:13:52
2:14:22
2:14:39
2:14:44
2:15:02
2:15:14
2:15:44
2:16:17
Debut
Debut
Debut
Debut

Women

Name
Rita Jeptoo
Florence Kiplagat
Mare Dibaba
Birhane Dibaba
Gelete Burka
Amy Hastings
Clara Santucci
Melissa White
Wendy Thomas
Laura Portis
Sarah Cummings
Lauren Jimison
Yuri Yoshizumi
Devon Yanko
Whitney Bevins-Lazzara
Heidi Greenwood
Sarah Crouch
Lindsey Scherf
Lisa Uhl
Country
KEN
KEN
ETH
ETH
ETH
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
JPN
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
USA
Personal best
2:18:57
2:19:44
2:19:52
2:22:30
2:26:03
2:27:03
2:29:54
2:32:37
2:32:49
2:33:46
2:34:57
2:35:17
2:37:54
2:39:37
2:41:19
2:42:08
2:44:25
Debut
Debut

Men – Wheelchair Competition

Name
Josh Cassidy
Ernst Van Dyk
Masazumi Soejima
Heinz Frei
Kurt Fearnley
Josh George
Krige Schabort
Country
CAN
RSA
JPN
SUI
AUS
USA
USA
Personal Best
1:18:25
1:18:27
1:18:51
1:20:14
1:22:01
1:22:50
1:26:04

Women – Wheelchair Competition

Name
Tatyana McFadden
Amanda McGrory
Manuela Schär
Diane Roy
Country
USA
USA
SUI
CAN
Personal Best
1:35:06
1:36:39
1:38:07
1:40:09

Elite athlete quotes

“I am looking forward to coming back to America, and to running fast. I have heard great things about the fans in Chicago and the course. After my win in Paris, I understand the marathon distance a lot better and I will bring that experience to Chicago. I know Chicago has a very fast course and, therefore, my goal is to break the course record of 2:03:45. After that, everything is possible.”
– Kenenisa Bekele

“I am looking forward to coming to Chicago and competing with Kenenisa on the road this time. I chose Chicago because it has a fast course and I want to better my personal best. It’s also one of the best races in the world.”
– Eliud Kipchoge

“I am coming back to Chicago for the third time. Chicago is a nice city and it has a good sports atmosphere. I will try to run the race of my life this year, and if God gives me the strength, my target is to run 2:04:28.”
– Sammy Kitwara

“I’m very excited to run the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this fall. The depth of the field this year is incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing where I stand against the world’s best, as well as how I stack up against some of the top Americans. Chicago is an exceptionally fast course so I hope to lower my PB of 2:13 by a few minutes. I’ve been training well so I think I have a realistic shot at 2:10 or 2:11, on a great day, maybe faster.”
– Bobby Curtis

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Chicago for a 3rd consecutive year. I’m excited to be competing with, and against, such an accomplished group of both International and American runners. As was the case in Boston this past Spring, I hope that we Americans can work together to elevate not only ourselves, but our country and show that the United States can produce great results in these World Major Marathon competitions.”
– Craig Leon

“I was supposed to compete in the Chicago marathon two years ago but was out due to injury, but I am happy now to be part of the competition for my fans and supporters. It is no retreat and no surrender for me; it’s a do-or-die game‎ and I will give all my best to succeed and make the 12th of October a great day!”
– Florence Kiplagat

“Running the Chicago Marathon has been my dream since I started running, and it will be my first big race. My goal is to win and run 2 hours, 20 minutes or faster.”
– Birhane Dibaba

“I can’t wait to be racing through the streets of Chicago. As a notoriously fast course, I am out there to run a PR and compete with some of the world’s best until the very end.”
– Amy Hastings

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to run my marathon debut at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! This the first time I’ve had consistent training in over a year, so I feel like I have a healthy fear of the distance. I’m not going to pretend I know what to expect come October 12th, but my very first priority is to qualify for the 2016 Marathon Olympic Trials and achieve that step toward my goal of making my second Olympic Team. I’m eager to challenge myself in a new way and have the Chicago marathon be the start of a new chapter in my running career.”
– Lisa Uhl

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