The 2012 Chicago Marathon had a distinct Ethiopian flavor to it, as the country was able to sweep the event by winning both the men's and women's races on Sunday.
Tsegaye Kebede won the event, the first time an Ethiopian man has won, and also was able to break the race record with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds.
On the women's side, Atsede Baysa took home first place with the closest finish in race history, edging out Rita Jeptoo by just one second at the final tape crossing.
As always from a race of this magnitude, there were some great photos from this epic day of action. The Chicago Tribune photography staff did a great job of covering the event, and here's some of the best highlights of the day from its website.
From those same photos, here's some of the highlights from Chicago.
The men's winner, Kebede, crosses the finish line with the championship medal and the new marathon record after this tape crossing, although the men's finish in the World Marathon Majors standings has already been decided.
The final marathon will take place in New York later this month.
How great it is to see the city of Chicago support random strangers on the streets of the Windy City, as bystanders were ready to hand out water and high-fives to the participants on this chilly day in the upper North.
A nice moment towards the end of the race here, as one of the men's participants was able to cross the line with a young female supporter. Always nice to see kids involved in grown-up activities, and this day was no different.
From the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat, some of these runners have given more than we know for the opportunity to race.
It wasn't this man's day in Chicago, as he apparently suffered some sort of injury towards the end of the race. Leg pain took this man's day away, but that's the way this sport goes. Good luck to him in his future marathon endeavors.
And finally, a look at the beginning of the race from a spectator, namely John Ruberry of the Marathon Pundit blog.
Ruberry (@Marathonpundit) October 7, 2012
It was an eventful Sunday in Chicago, and the World Marathon Majors aren't over yet. The New York Marathon will be the deciding ground for the women's champion, and another statement ground for the men.
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