After action in Berlin and London in recent weeks where three Kenyans finished on the podium, Chicago Marathon returns as the next big race in a busy period of major marathons and the Boston event follows just one day later after a year’s hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.Kenyans Reuben Kipyego, the second-fastest man in 2021 and Ruth Chepngetich will carry favored roles into today's 43rd Chicago Marathon. The race returns to the Windy City streets after Covid-19 scrapped last year’s race. Other Kenyans who will be participating in the elite race are Dickson Chumba, Eric Kiptanui and Vivian Kiplagat. It will start at 3.30pm EAT. The start line for the event is located in Grant Park at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street while thefinish line is located on Columbus Drive south of Balbo Drive in Grant Park. The current title holders for the event race are Kenya's Lawrence Cherono and Brigid Kosgei for the Men and Women events respectively.Sara Hall is chasing a 15-year-old American women’s marathon record while Galen Rupp, the 2017 Chicago champion, lead US hopes over the mens 26.2-mile layout with warm conditions expected.The race will be the third of the five World Marathon Majors held in 2021; all the events in the series are being run in the space of six weeks between late September and early November. The marathon will feature more than 35,000 runners, including some of the most elite athletes that the sport has to offer.
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