Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cragg set to race Chicago Marathon


The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that Amy Cragg will compete for the top spot on the podium at this year’s race. The addition of Cragg, a two-time Olympian, and fellow US athlete Laura Thweatt, makes the 2018 Chicago Marathon the deepest American women’s field in Chicago’s storied history.

Cragg, a member of Nike’s Bowerman Track Club since 2015, joins this year’s elite field after opening her 2018 season by smashing her personal best to finish third at the Tokyo Marathon in 2:21:42. She competed in Chicago for the first time in 2014, finishing fourth in 2:27:03.

Since then, she has experienced global success, winning the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, finishing ninth at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and ending a 34-year medal drought for the U.S. after taking home a bronze medal at the 2017 IAAF World Championships Marathon. She currently sits in 12th place on the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI leaderboard, and a strong finish in Chicago could propel her further up the list.

Cragg competed in her first Olympics in the 10,000m in 2012, and she is the fifth-fastest American woman over 10,000m, with a 31:10 personal best. “I’m incredibly excited to be coming back to race the Chicago Marathon,” said Cragg. “It’s one of the most competitive American and international fields of any marathon, but with it being back in the Midwest, to me, it feels like home. We have been planning to do this race for a long time because it’s the perfect course to reach the next level as a marathoner.”

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