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Chicago Marathon Women's Race

 

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Chicago's women's competition also featured aggressive running as Kenyan Joyce Chepchumba overtook the fast starting South African duo of Colleen DeReuck and Elana Meyer to run 2:23:47, the year's third fastest time, and 15th all-time.

This race was a classic tortoise and hare affair with DeReuck, and Meyer setting off at a sub-5:30 clip hitting 27:21 at five miles with Chepchumba 8 seconds back. Without the aid of pacers, DeReuck accelerated to 5:20 miles with Meyer shadowing her every move. The duo reached 10 miles in 54:04 and half way in 1:10:59 while Chepchumba laid 20-30 seconds off the pace noting "some stiffness in my hip."

DeReuck continued to crank out 5:25 miles and opened a 16 second lead over Mayer at 15 miles (1:21:09) with Chepchumba keeping pace 32 seconds back. DeReuck had a strong summer on the road circuit and had high hopes. "I was going for a fast time, 2:22 or 2:23," noted the Boulder based 34 year old, "I felt very comfortable and was on pace through 30K."

DeReuck pressed on alone hitting 20 miles in 1:48:47 with Chepchumba and Mayer running together a half-minute in her wake. The tide turned in the 21st mile when DeReuck slipped to a 5:48 mile, while Chepchumba sped up to 5:30.

Another mile with a 5:50/5:28 differential and DeReuck's lead evaporated like sweat on a languishing runner's forehead. "My legs started shaking after 20 miles," recalled DeReuck, "then Joyce just blew by me."

Chepchumba continued to pour it on noting, "I thought that she might come back because I didn't feel very strong. At 40K I looked back and didn't see anyone, and then I thought I could win." Chepchumba blew open a close race, building a three minute lead over the final four miles, and averaging 5:32 over the final 10K.

Chepchumba admitted some concern with DeReuck and Mayer's early lead, "Sure I was worried, but they were running very fast. I felt a bit tired after 25K, but gained confidence when I caught Elana."

Kristy Johnston was the top American, finishing 8th in 2:32:37.

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