Nike Oregon Project teammates Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp will compete in the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 7. Galen will return as the defending champion while Hasay looks to have another podium finish following her third place win last Fall. The pair became the first American duo to finish in the top three since Jerry Lawson and Kristy Johnston both placed second at the event in 1996.
Last month, Hasay had to drop out of Boston just hours before the big race due to an ongoing injury that hadn’t fully recovered. On Marathon Monday, Rupp failed to complete the race, dropping out around mile 20 due to harsh weather conditions. Two weeks later, Rupp retuned to the marathon circuit to win first place at the Prague Marathon and with a new personal best of 2:06:07. The Nike runner now holds the title of third-fastest American ever behind Khalid Khannouchi and Ryan Hall, and the second-fastest American on a record-eligible course.
“I’m so excited to be returning to Chicago to defend my title,” said Rupp in a statement. “I’d like to thank Carey and everyone at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for all the great work they do. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be heading back to the Windy City.”
An Olympic bronze and silver medalist (2016 and 2012, respectively), Rupp has been one of the most-watched pros in the last couple of years. The 32-year-old currently owns four American records in the 10,000m (26:44.36), indoor 3,000m (7:30.16), indoor two-mile (8:07.41) and indoor 5,000m (13:01.26). He’s also currently the 15th-fastest male in history over 10,000m and one of only six Americans to break 13:00 for the 5000m with a time of 12:58.90.
This past March, Rupp challenged American runner Ryan Hall’s record in the half marathon (59:43) but missed it by only four seconds. Still, his time of 59:47 gave him a new title as only the third American to break 60 minutes in the event and the second-fastest American in history.
On the women’s side, Hasay’s accolades aren’t too far behind Rupps. During her debut at the 2017 Boston Marathon, the Nike runner placed third in 2:23:00 and now boasts the fastest marathon debut ever by an American woman by almost three minutes. She also holds the fourth-fastest Boston Marathon time by an American woman ever. Months later in Chicago, she had the second-fastest time ever recorded by an American woman and the fastest American time ever in Chicago with a finish of 2:20:57.
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Chicago,” said Hasay. “My goal is to target a fast time and contend for the win. As always, I know the race organizers will set up a fantastic event and the people of Chicago will make it a very fun day!” The Bank of America Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 7 with over 40,000 runners expected to run the course through 29 of the city’s neighborhoods.