2017 Chicago Marathon

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40th Chicago Marathon
VenueChicago, United States
DateOctober 8, 2017
MenGalen Rupp (2:09:20) (Elite)
Marcel Hug (Wheelchair)
WomenTirunesh Dibaba (2:18:30) (Elite)
Tatyana McFadden (Wheelchair)
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The 2017 Chicago Marathon was the 40th annual edition of the Chicago Marathon held in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The race had 44,508 finishers, and the number of spectators was estimated at over 1.5 million.[1][2]


American Galen Rupp won the men's race, holding off defending champion Abel Kirui. Rupp is the first American man to win this event since Khalid Khannouchi in 2002 and the first American-born man to win it since Greg Meyer in 1982. This was his first career win at a World Marathon Majors event. In a relatively tactical race, over 20 runners remained in the lead pack by the halfway point, which was reached in 1:05:49 hours. Kirui's quickening of the pace left only five men in contention at the 35 kilometres (22 mi) mark. Rupp then took the lead for good, finishing in a personal best of 2:09:20 hours. Kirui finished in second place around 30 seconds behind Rupp, while Bernard Kipyego finished in third around one minute behind Rupp.[3]

Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won the women's race in 2:18:30 hours, which was the second fastest in Chicago Marathon history. Brigid Kosgei of Kenya placed second in 2:20:22 hours, which was her first top-three finish at a World Marathon Major. American Jordan Hasay finished third in 2:20:57, which was the second fastest time ever by an American woman in this race.[4] Dibiba dominated the race. She led the race early on, with only Dibaba, Kosgei, Florence Kiplagat, Valentine Kipketer, and Hasay in the lead group at the 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) mark. Dibaba gradually pulled away from the other runners after the halfway point to win by almost two minutes. She stated that her goal in the future is to challenge the marathon world record.[3]

The women's wheelchair marathon was won for a sixth consecutive time by American Tatyana McFadden in a course record of 1:39:15 hours – the same time recorded by runner-up Amanda McGrory who was a fraction of a second behind.[2] Swiss athlete Marcel Hug took the men's wheelchair race in 1:29:23 hours, defending his title from the previous year and beating six-time champion Kurt Fearnley by over a minute.[5]


The results were as follows.[6]


Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Galen Rupp  United States 2:09:20
2nd, silver medalist(s) Abel Kirui  Kenya 2:09:48
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bernard Kipyego  Kenya 2:10:23
4 Sisay Lemma  Ethiopia 2:11:01
5 Stephen Sambu  Kenya 2:11:07
6 Kohei Matsumura  Japan 2:11:46
7 Ezekiel Kiptoo Chebii  Kenya 2:12:12
8 Zersenay Tadese  Eritrea 2:12:19
9 Chris Derrick  United States 2:12:50
10 Michael Shelley  Australia 2:12:52


Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:18:30
2nd, silver medalist(s) Brigid Kosgei  Kenya 2:20:22
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jordan Hasay  United States 2:20:57
4 Madaí Pérez  Mexico 2:24:44
5 Valentine Kipketer  Kenya 2:28:05
6 Lisa Weightman  Australia 2:28:45
7 Maegan Krifchin  United States 2:33:46
8 Alia Gray  United States 2:34:25
9 Taylor Ward  United States 2:35:27
10 Becky Wade  United States 2:35:46

Wheelchair men[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Marcel Hug   Switzerland 1:29:23
2nd, silver medalist(s) Kurt Fearnley  Australia 1:30:24
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jordi Madera Jiménez  Spain 1:30:25

Wheelchair women[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st, gold medalist(s) Tatyana McFadden  United States 1:39:15
2nd, silver medalist(s) Amanda McGrory  United States 1:39:15
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Manuela Schär   Switzerland 1:39:17


  1. ^ "Chicago Marathon Race Results 2017". www.marathonguide.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Paralympian Tatyana McFadden wins seventh straight Chicago Marathon in record time. Baltimore Sun (October 8, 2017). Retrieved on October 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Dennehy, Cathal (October 8, 2017). Dibaba dominates and Rupp times it right to win in Chicago. IAAF. Retrieved on October 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "Galen Rupp and Tirunesh Dibaba win Chicago Marathon". Athletics Weekly. October 8, 2017. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  5. ^ Athletics - Rupp, Dibaba claim Chicago Marathon victories. Reuters (October 8, 2017). Retrieved on October 8, 2017.
  6. ^ Chicago Marathon 2017 Results. Chicago Marathon (October 8, 2017). Retrieved on October 8, 2010.

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