With the Chicago Marathon featuring a dramatic finish up front, Jason Hartmann had his own finish worth talking about, as he took 8th place in 2:11:06, the top American in the race. Hartmann, a Michigan-native, was coming off a 2:12:09 winning effort at last year’s Twin Cities Marathon, and decided to forgo that race — the US Championship for the distance this year — in order to run with a world-class field and chase a fast time. He successfully did both.
Hartmann settled into the chase pack early, coming through the 5k in 15:27. From there, the 29-year-old kept chipping away as other athletes fell off pace, finally climbing into the top-20 by the 20k and the top-10 at 30k. Crossing the line 8th, Hartmann capped a massive improvement over his last finish in Chicago: 2006, his marathon debut, a race in which he managed a 2:15:50 for 20th place. His 2010 performance was a massive betterment of his personal best both on this course and at this distance, shaving a solid 1:03 off his Twin Cities time and existing PB, and launching himself into the Top 40 American performers of all-time. With his 2:11:06, he climbed more than 30 spots on the all-time list of US performers — just twelve seconds outside of the Top 30.
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