Deena Kastor Wins Chicago
She didn't run the first sub 2:20 by an American woman but she displayed the kind of grit that will take her to that goal in the near future. In the recent Runner's World issue, she said that she prefers running an undulating course rather than flat one like Chicago as the same muscles are taxed throughout a flat course. So it was that her hamstrings and back were whacked good in the late miles. She still crossed the line in 2:21.25 with last year's winner Constantina Tomescu-Dita just 5 seconds behind. Picture below shows Tomescu-Dita comforting Kastor (both asics athletes) just after the finish line. Amazingly Colleen De Reuck previously of South Africa, now an American finished in fourth in 2:28+ setting a US Masters Record. It was supposed to be cold but check out the sexy running attires these elites wore. To get to know the Chicago Marathon better, check out this site which features streaming video. I believe 40,000 runners participated in this event. Singapore's 22,000 entries this year is already huge and yet is only half of Chicago's!