2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Commences; Chumba, Kiplagat Aims to Defend Titles

By Xyla Joelle L. Fernandez

Oct 10, 2016 06:00 AM EDT

The 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Sunday Morning, you should read it as a companion to the race., that is indeed the beauty of a marathon.

The race, as it suggests clearly, takes place in Chicago, which is a city in the United States in Illinois. This city is also known as the Windy City. The men's and women's races begins at  8am EST and will be televised nationally in the United States on NBCSN.

To this, Kenyans Dickson Chumba and Florence Kiplagat is aiming to defend their titles at the Chicago Marathon Sunday. Tsegaye Kebede-2012 winner-out to spoil Chumba's repeat bid to the Windy City.

Dickson Chumba sets his 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 31 seconds PR in his 2014 third place in Chicago and had won in 2015 with a slower 2 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds. His past records doesn't make him on top but still his the favorite on Sunday.

Kebede is also recognized because of his thrilling 2010 duel in Chicago with Sammy Wanjiru who emerged with the victory.

There are also three other men in the field who have run 2:07 or better including Ethiopian Abayney Ayele (2:06:45 in Dubai).

Another challenger who also stand out is Kenyan Stephen Sambu who has been outstanding in shorter distance road races since graduating in the University of Arizona in 2012.

Not only men participated in this butt there are also women. And on top of the women's race is Kiplagat who said will try to win back-to-back titles since Berhane Adere in Ethiopia n 2006 and 2007.

Atsede Baysa is another champion in the field who won in Chicago 2010 and 2012, while Melese returns vying to improve on her runner up finish last year.

Another intriguing name in the women's race is Visiline Jepkesho who is chosen for the Kenyan Olympic Marathon team over Florence Kiplagat.

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