Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chicago bound: preview

Over the years, the Bank of America Chicago marathon has had some stellar fields, but the 2010 edition might very well be the best ever on the men's side. The field features five men who have all run 2:05 in their careers.
That is an impressive stat all by itself, considering that only 21 men in history have broken 2:06. But making the Chicago field all the more impressive is the fact that the five 2:05 guys all are young and in the prime of their careers. None of the five is older than 23 years old. How crazy of a thought is that? If these guys were in the NCAA, it's likely they could still be fifth-year seniors.
Most importantly, these guys have all run 2:05 recently - since the start of 2009. Four of the five have run 2:05 this year, while 2008 Olympic marathon champ Sammy Wanjiru did it in 2009.
Since 2009, only 13 men have run 2:05 and Chicago will feature five of them on the start line on Sunday. Seven guys have broken 2:06 this year and Chicago will feature four of them. Oh yeah, and did we also say that three of these five men are the reigning Chicago, Boston and London Marathon champs?