The 2018 Chicago Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. central—keep your browser refreshed in this spot to read live mile-by-mile updates of the action from the press room in Chi-Town.
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|1||5:07 opener. Cameras are only following the men right now so unsure of the leader.|
|2||10:38 cumulative time. Large pack of women right now.|
|3||16:10 cumulative time. 16:47 for 5K. Florence Kiplagat leads a pack of six Africans up front. Laura Thweatt, Gwen Jorgensen, Alexi Pappas and Sarah Crouch are about a minute back, split 17:59 through 5K in 8-11 places.|
|4||21:29 cumulative time.|
|5||26:47 cumulative time.|
|6||32:09 cumulative time. 33:24 10K split, Brigid Kosgei now leads but it's still a pack of six up front. The American women are now more than two minutes back; Laura Thweatt splits 35:54 with Crouch and Jorgensen right with her and Pappas a few seconds back.|
|7||37:29 cumulative time.|
|8||42:44 cumulative time.|
|9||48:03 cumulative time. 49:49 15K split.|
|10||53:27 cumulative time. Thweatt is still the top American, splits 57:22, which is 2:30 pace.|
|11||58:48 cumulative time.|
|12||64:12 cumulative time. A group of sub-elite men led the top women's group in earlier miles, but now they're tucked in behind the Africans—who are still projected to run in the very low 2:20s. 1:06:28 split through 20K; officials on the race truck say that it continues to rain and the temperature has dropped 5 to 8 degrees. Roza Dereje and Brigid Kosgei lead with Dibaba, Kiplagat and Demise in tow. Thweatt has dropped off pace and Sarah Crouch is now the lead American with a 1:11:16 split at 20K.|
|13||Kosgei leads at halfway in 1:10:09 with Dereje, Dibaba, Demise, Kiplagat. Crouch is five minutes back in 1:15:10 with Taylor Ward (1:15:37) overtaking Gwen Jorgensen (1:15:48 split). Laura Thweatt appears to have dropped out.|
|14||1:14:55 cumulative time.|
|15||1:20:24 cumulative time. The group of six are still making quick time, with a current projected finish of 2:20:31. Split for 25K is 1:23:26.|
|16||1:25:51 cumulative time. Race management has announced that Laura Thweatt has officially DNFed. This was her first marathon since running 2:25 at the 2017 London Marathon; she was sidelined with osteitis pubis for much of the time since then. At 25K, Kosgei 1:23:29 1:29:06.|
|17||1:31:20 cumulative time.|
|18||1:36:40 cumulative time.|
|19||1:41:41 cumulative time. The front pack has shrunk to just two women, Kosgei and Dereje, as two-time Chicago champion Florence Kiplagat drops off the pace. Crouch is still the top American woman about two minutes back.|
|20||1:46:48 cumulative time. Brigid Kosgei is now well clear of the field (20+ seconds) and after taking runner-up honors to Vivan Cheruyiot in London and Tirunesh Dibaba in Chicago last year, she looks poised to win her first major today. Her PB is 2:20:13 from London and she is currently on 2:20-flat pace! Top American Sarah Crouch splits 1:54:47.|
|21||1:51:49 for Brigid Kosgei.|
|22||1:56:51 cumulative time. Kosgei has almost a minute on second place, who appears to still be Dereje.|
|23||The men just finished so we haven't got many updates from the women's race... Kosgei is now on pace for 2:19! She is speeding up and catching men all by herself. Top American Sarah Crouch splits 2:12:26 for 23 miles, 2:30:58 pace.|
|24||2:07:00 cumulative time for Kosgei; 2:11:23 for 40K|
|25||2:12:07 cumulative for Kosgei, projected finish time of 2:18:37—which would make her the seventh-fastest woman in world history!|
|26||2:17:27 cumulative time...so close!|
|FINISH||WOW! 2:18:35 for Brigid Kosgei! Her first world major win, her first time under 2:20 and she did it in style. The 24-year-old is now the seventh-fastest woman in world history.|
The shocking run also gives her the win by an entire three minutes over the field. Roza Dereje of Ethiopia takes second in 2:21:18 and Shure Demise is third in 2:22:15. Two-time champion Kiplagat, who was sidelined with injury and a nasty spider bite for much of the year, runs 2:26:08 for fourth place.
Sarah Crouch finishes as the top American with a personal best of 2:32:37 for sixth place. Taylor Ward is seventh in 2:32:42, a three-minute personal best. Gwen Jorgensen takes ninth in 2:36:23, certainly not what she wanted but a four-minute PB.
|1||Rupp and Farah are up at the front behind the pace-setters. 4:46 split|
|2||9:33 cumulative (4:47 mile split). Mo Farah and Abel Kirui with a slight lead on the pack|
|3||14:20 cumulative time. 14:52 for 5K. 10 men in the lead pack, including Rupp and Farah. Parker Stinson is in the chase pack.|
|4||19:08 cumulative time.|
|5||23:54 cumulative time. Pack is still all together but the chase group with Stinson appears to have dropped off a bit.|
|6||28:57 cumulative time. 10K split is 30:11. Reports from the field indicate there is a very strong headwind and it is beginning to rain.|
|7||33:51 cumulative time.|
|8||38:34 cumulative time.|
|9||43:44 cumulative time. 15K split is 45:00.|
|10||48:16 cumulative time. Large pack with Abel Kirui and Geoffrey Kirui at the front. Rupp just behind.|
|11||52:58 cumulative time. Pack is starting to spread out with Geoffrey Kirui pulling even with the pacemakers and Abel Kirui just behind. Rupp is drafting off Farah.|
|12||57:45 cumulative time. 20K split is 59:49.|
|13||62:30. 63:02 at halfway—a bit off|
|14||1:07:15 split for pacers, 1:07:22 for lead pack which still includes everybody except Augustine Choge, who appears to have dropped out. His last recorded split was 49:22 at 15K and he had slowed to 5:58 mile pace.|
|15||1:12:33 cumulative time for the pack. 25K split is 1:15:18 with A. Kirui, Rupp, G. Kirui, et. al.|
|16||1:17:28 cumulative time.|
|18||1:26:47 cumulative time. Still waiting for this to get interesting—Geoffrey Kirui is starting to get a slight lead but the pack of eight is just a stride or two behind. 30K split is 1:29:43.|
|19||1:31:16 cumulative time. A pack of four is starting to pull away—Geoffrey Kirui, Birhanu Legese, and I believe Gerenew Bayih plus one more... Rupp leads the chase pack with Suguru, Mo trying to hang on.|
|20||1:36:00 cumulative time. Kenneth Kipkemoi now leads Geoffrey Kirui, Geremew and Legese with Rupp, Farah and Suguru in a secondary pack. Kipkemoi has only run two marathons: a 2:17 back in 2013, and a 2:05 victory in Rotterdam this year.|
|21||1:40:41 cumulative time. The pack has grown again, as Farah makes a move to lead side-by-side with Kipkemoi. Rupp and Suguru have also rejoined the group.|
|22||Rupp is falling off the lead group, which now consists of G. Kirui, Farah, Osako, Kipkemoi and Geremew. 35K split is 1:44:10/22 mile cumulative time is 1:45:22.|
|23||1:50:03 cumulative time. Rupp about a minute back in 1:51:06|
|24||1:54:45 cumulative time. Farah vs. Geremew with Osako and Kipkemoi starting to fall back. Rupp is well behind now.|
|25||1:59:25 cumulative time—into a headwind, no less! Two man race now between Mo Farah and Mosinet Geremew, who ran 2:04 in Dubai this year. Galen Rupp splits 2:00:00.|
|FINISH||SIR Mo is the champion!!! 2:05:11 absolutely crushes the European record, set last year by Sondre Moen in 2:05:48. That is the eighth-fastest mark in Chicago Marathon history.|
Geremew takes second in 2:05:25, Osako third in 2:05:50, Kipkemoi fourth in 2:05:57, Rupp takes fifth in 2:06:21 and G. Kirui sixth in 2:06:45. Osako earns a huge payday (100 million yen) for breaking the Japanese record of 2:06:11.
Rupp wanted to win today above all, but perhaps the defending champ can take some solace in improving his 2017 time by exactly three minutes.