While I don’t run much outside of CrossFit workouts nowadays, running played a pretty huge role in my life throughout high school and college. I still like to keep tabs on the sport even though I’m not actively involved at the moment.
The Chicago Marathon coming up this Sunday has some interesting storylines to follow.
- UK distance running legend Mo Farah will face off against US star Galen Rupp. This is getting painted as a rivalry because the pair used to train together as part of the Nike Oregon Project. I’m calling Rupp for the win between the pair.
- Reigning Olympic Triathlon champ, Gwen Jorgensen, will be running in her first marathon since announcing she’s leaving the sport of triathlon to pursue the marathon full time. It will be interesting to see how fast she can go. I’m predicting 2:27-28, which would be a significant PR from her only other marathon of 2:41.
- Legendary Joan Benoit Samuelson returns to Chicago hoping to break the women’s 60-64 marathon record of 3:01:30. I bet she does it and runs sub 2:58.
- I think it’s pretty neat that Goose Island made a special beer just for the finishers. Nice touch and a great marketing angle.