Chicago Marathon

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Man Runs Marathon Juggling the Entire Time

Not a single drop for Michal Kapral, and a time of 2:55

(Newser) - Running a marathon: a difficult feat. Running one while juggling three balls (and not dropping a single one, at any time during the run): no classification comes to mind. But Toronto's Michal Kapral, who refers to himself as a "joggler," managed to pull off exactly that at... More »

Couple Weds... While Running Chicago Marathon

Ceremony took less than 4 minutes

(Newser) - One couple ran away to get married ... at the Chicago Marathon. Stephanie Reinhart says she just wanted a "short and sweet ceremony." Mark Jockel wanted a big wedding surrounded by friends and family. The 35-year-old Reinhart and 46-year-old Jockel compromised, marrying at the 8-mile mark of Sunday's... More »

Man Fleeing Cops Joins Chicago Marathon

Officers tackled him at Mile 12

(Newser) - A drug suspect fleeing cops in Chicago didn't get very far into what could have been a 14-mile run for it. Police say Bryan Duffy, 29, was seen acting suspiciously among spectators around Mile 12 of the Chicago Marathon route on Sunday and took off when he saw police,... More »

Kenyans Romp at Chicago Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, Rita Jeptoo win; 1-2-3 sweep for the men

(Newser) - Kenyans ruled the Chicago Marathon today, with Eliud Kipchoge leading a 1-2-3 men's sweep and compatriot Rita Jeptoo repeating as the women's winner. Kipchoge pulled away over the last two miles for his first major marathon victory, finishing in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds. He was followed... More »

Victory for Man Who Came Last in Chicago Marathon

Has muscular dystrophy, finished race in 17 hours

(Newser) - The Chicago Marathon last place getter may also be its biggest winner. Maickel Melamed, 38, is battling muscular dystrophy, but still managed to finish the entire race with a time of 16 hours and 46 minutes. The Venezuelan crossed the finish line at 1am this morning, surrounded by 100 people,... More »

Kenya's Kimetto Sets Record to Win Chicago Marathon

First major US marathon since Boston bombings

(Newser) - Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record today in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women's winner in the first major US marathon since the Boston bombings. Kimetto finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Kenyan men. He... More »

Chicago Marathon: Lance Armstrong Can't Race

His doping ban applies to all sanctioned sports

(Newser) - Another sting for Lance Armstrong: Organizers of next month's Chicago Marathon say he can't participate, reports Runner's World . "We got the news," says an Armstrong spokesman. The marathon had little choice: The US Anti-Doping Agency's ruling that Armstrong is banned from cycling because of... More »

Woman Runs Chicago Marathon, Gives Birth

Amber Miller was 38 weeks, 5 days along

(Newser) - Imagine yourself almost 39 weeks pregnant. If you're picturing yourself on the couch watching Real Housewives with a carton of Ben & Jerry's ... well, you aren't Amber Miller. As the Daily Herald reports, Miller gave birth yesterday—after completing the Chicago Marathon. Miller had gotten the OK... More »

Firefighter Dies in Chicago Marathon

35-year-old collapsed just 500 yards from the finish line

(Newser) - A firefighter running in the Chicago Marathon to raise money for charity collapsed and died yesterday, reports AP . William Caviness, a 35-year-old firefighter from North Carolina with two young children, entered the race to raise money for burn victims. He collapsed about 500 yards from the finish line, and was... More »

Marathoner Who Died Was Hauled to Wrong ER

Collapsed runner's ambulance got lost

(Newser) - Earlier this month at the sweltering Chicago Marathon, the ambulance transporting the runner who died got lost, had to get directions from another ambulance, and eventually ended up in the wrong emergency room. The man was in full cardiac arrest when the ambulance arrived on the scene and was, according... More »

Heart Condition Blamed for Marathon Death

Cardiac malformation, not sweltering heat, felled Michigan cop

(Newser) - The 35-year-old police officer who died during yesterday's Chicago Marathon succumbed to a pre-existing heart condition, not the record heat, his autopsy has revealed. Chad Schieber of Midland, Mich., suffered from mitral valve prolapse, the Chicago Tribune reports. The marathon was canceled after 3½ hours when high temperatures raised fears... More »

Man Dies in Sun-Scorched Marathon

Record heat, safety concerns end Chicago race after 3½ hours

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man competing in the Chicago Marathon collapsed on the course and died yesterday, an apparent victim of record temperatures that topped out around 88 degrees. Officials called off the race at 11:30 a.m., with thousands still running and some complaining about a lack of water available... More »

Kenyan Takes Boston, Again

Cheruiyot win gives Kenya 15 of the last 17 marathons

(Newser) - Robert K. Cheruiyot won the Boston Marathon on a cold and windy day, albeit with a slower time than the record he set last year.  Cheruiyot also won last year's Chicago Marathon, at which he memorably fell down and concussed himself while crossing the finish line.  This makes... More »

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