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Elite athlete field

Elite runners at the start line

The 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is excited to welcome a strong contingent of past champions, Olympians and Paralympians to its 42nd annual Elite Athlete field.

The men’s field includes four-time Olympic gold medalist and 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion, Mo Farah. 2016 Olympic marathon bronze medalist and 2017 Chicago Marathon champion, Galen Rupp. 2015 Chicago Marathon champion, Dickson Chumba. 2019 Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono. Lastly, the fastest man to ever debut in the marathon in 2:03:34, Getaneh Molla. Molla, Herpasa, Negasa, and Cherono represent the 10th, 12th and 17th fastest men, respectively, in the history of marathon running.

2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and 2019 London Marathon champion, Brigid Kosgei, headlines the women’s field. While Kosgei, the seventh fastest woman in the history of marathon running, has been unbeatable in 2019, American marathon debut record holder Jordan Hasay and 2018 Paris Marathon champion Betsy Saina should make for an exciting trio up front. The 2018 U.S. marathon champion, Emma Bates, Mexican national record holder Madai Perez and three-time Olympian Lisa Weightman also stand out as potential podium contenders.

The 2019 Elite Wheelchair competition includes 27 Paralympians from 14 countries. 2018 defending champions, Daniel Romanchuk and Manuela Schär lead the charge. American record holders Aaron Pike and Susannah Scaroni could also be in the running for their first Abbott World Marathon Majors titles. And the most decorated athlete in Chicago Marathon history, eight-time champion Tatyana McFadden, is back to chase another victory and a spot on the 2020 U.S. Paralympic team.


Elite Open Field by the Numbers

  • Four past Bank of America Chicago Marathon champions
  • 16 countries represented
  • 11 men with PRs of 2:07 and faster
  • Five women with PRs of 2:25 and faster
  • Eight Abbott World Marathon Majors titles
  • 10th, 12th and 17th fastest men in the history of the marathon
  • The seventh fastest woman in the history of the marathon
  • Male marathon debut record holder
  • American female marathon debut record holder

Elite Wheelchair Field by the Numbers

  • Six past Bank of America Chicago Marathon champions
  • 14 countries represented
  • 27 Paralympians
  • Male and Female American Record holders
  • World record holder
  • Most decorated athlete in Chicago Marathon history
  • Two Abbott World Marathon Majors Wheelchair Series Champions

View the full 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon elite roster.


Men’s elite athlete field

Getaneh Molla Lawerence Cherono Dickson Chumba
Getaneh Molla
Marathon PR: 2:03:34
Lawrence Cherono
Marathon PR: 2:04:06
Dickson Chumba
Marathon PR: 2:04:32
Hassan El Abbassi Kenneth Kipkemoi Mo Farah
Hassan El Abbassi
Marathon PR: 2:04:43
Kenneth Kipkemoi
Marathon PR: 2:05:44
Mo Farah
Marathon PR: 2:05:11
Galen Rupp Dathan Ritzenhien Scott Smith
Galen Rupp
Marathon PR: 2:06:07
Dathan Ritzenhien
Marathon PR: 2:07:47
Scott Smith
Marathon PR: 2:12:21
Diego Estrada Parker Stinson Noah Droddy
Diego Estrada
Marathon PR: 2:13:56
Parker Stinson
Marathon PR: 2:14:29
Noah Droddy
Marathon PR: 2:16:26
Ryan Root
Ryan Root
Marathon PR: 2:16:40

Women’s elite athlete field

Brigid Kosgei Jordan Hasay Bettsy Saina
Brigid Kosgei
Marathon PR: 2:18:20
Jordan Hasay
Marathon PR: 2:20:57
Betsy Saina
Marathon PR: 2:22:56
Madai Perez Lisa Weightman Laura Thweatt
Madai Perez
Marathon PR: 2:22:59
Lisa Weightman
Marathon PR: 2:25:15
Laura Thweatt
Marathon PR: 2:25
Emma Bates Stephanie Bruce Lindsay Flanagan
Emma Bates
Marathon PR: 2:28:19
Stephanie Bruce
Marathon PR: 2:29:20
Lindsay Flanagan
Marathon PR: 2:29:25
Taylor Ward
Taylor Ward
Marathon PR: 2:32:42

Men’s elite wheelchair athlete field

Ernst Van Dyk Hiroki Nishida Aaron Pike
Ernst Van Dyk
Marathon PR: 1:18:04
Hiroki Nishida
Marathon PR: 1:20:28
Aaron Pike
Marathon PR: 1:20:59
Daniel Romanchuk Josh George David Weir
Daniel Romanchuk
Marathon PR: 1:21:36
Josh George
Marathon PR: 1:21:47
David Weir
Marathon PR: 1:28:57

Women’s elite wheelchair athlete field

Manuela Schär Susannah Scaroni Tatyana McFadden
Manuela Schär
Marathon PR: 1:28:17
Susannah Scaroni
Marathon PR: 1:30:42
Tatyana McFadden
Marathon PR: 1:31:30
Amanda McGrory Madison de Rozario
Amanda McGrory
Marathon PR: 1:33:13
Madison de Rozario
Marathon PR:1:39:22

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