The Japanese runner has a huge fan and media following.
It's now Edna Kiplagat versus Liliya Shobukhova.
The U.S. half-marathon record holder hoping to be first American to win 11th edition of the event.
According the race's sponsor, they will play an "integral" part in the marathon.
The news was announced at his funeral last month.
Home Team has raised nearly $400,000 since it first started participating in endurance sports.
This year's Boston Marathon runner-up hopes to win in the Windy City.
He finished six seconds ahead of the legendary runner last weekend.
The recession doesn't seem to stop people from running marathons.