It was a historic day at the 36th annual Chicago Marathon, as top men's finisher Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record by running 26.2 miles in two hours, three minutes and 45 seconds.
Dennis Kimetto has won the men's 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:03:45, a new course record. #ChiMarathon— Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October 13, 2013
Kimetto's outstanding time topped the old record, which was set in last year's race, by 53 seconds. With the win, Kimetto earned $100,000, plus an additional $75,000 for breaking the course record.
On the women's side, Kenyan Rita Jeptoo—who finished second in 2012—took home first place with a time of 2:19:59. The time was a personal best for the 32-year-old Jeptoo, and it registered as the fastest women's finish in the world this year.
That feat earned her $40,000, in addition to her $100,000 first-place check.
Rita Jeptoo has won the women's 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with an unofficial time of 2:19:59, a personal record. #ChiMarathon— Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October 13, 2013
While Kimetto and Jeptoo took home the top prizes, they weren't the only ones to contribute to a record. This year's turnout of 40,230 runners was the highest total in race history, per the Chicago Marathon's official Twitter feed.
Congrats to our participants today! We had a record number at the start line, 40,230. Job well done, we'll see you next year! #ChiMarathon— Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October 13, 2013
It was all Kenya on the men's side, as Emmanuel Mutai, Sammy Kitwara and Micah Kogo followed Kimetto across the finish line. American Dathan Ritzenhein rounded out the top five with a time of 2:09:45.
For the women, Jetpoo was the first Kenyan to win since Catherine Ndereba in 2001. She was joined in the top five by Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (Kenya), Maria Konovalova (Russia), Aliaksandra Duliba (Belarus), and Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia).
Two American women, Clara Santucci and Melissa White, finished in the top 10.
|2||Jelagat Sumgong, Jemima||KEN||2:20:48|
|6||Kiros Reda, Ehitu||ETH||2:27:42|