Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Top U.S. women in Chicago Marathon

By Philip Hersh

A 2008 U.S. Olympian and two members of the U.S. marathon team at the 2009 World Championships are among the elite women's athletes for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Oct. 10.

Magdalena Lewy-Boulet of Oakland, Calif., a native of Poland who finished second in the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials but dropped out of the Olympic race at 12 miles because of a lingering knee injury, is making her Chicago debut. With a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 22 seconds in finishing second at April's Rotterdam Marathon, Lewy-Boulet is the fastest U.S. woman of 2010.

Joining her are Chicago veterans Desiree Davila of Rochester, Mich., (5th in 2008), whose last marathon produced a personal best 2:27:53 for 11th at the 2009 worlds; and St. Charles East grad Terra Moody, who rebounded from a disappointing 28th at words to finish 9th at Chicago in a personal best 2:32:59.