FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE LASALLE BANK CHICAGO MARATHON ANNOUNCES MEN'S ELITE FIELD
FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY RACE
Former Champions Rutto and Limo Top List
September 12, 2007, CHICAGO – The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon today
announced the first installment of its elite field of runners that will
contend for the championship on Sunday, Oct. 7. Among the men's roster are
former Chicago champions Evans Rutto (KEN; 2003 and 2004) and Felix Limo
(KEN; 2005). Set to challenge the former victors are Korean Bong-ju Lee,
Moroccan Jaouad Gharib and Kenyan Daniel Njenga Muturi who has finished in
the top three in Chicago the last five years.
"The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon's tradition of attracting the greatest
athletes in the sport continues in 2007," remarked Executive Race Director
Carey Pinkowski. "The men's field is anchored by athletes who have had
great success in Chicago, including former champions Felix Limo and Evans
Rutto and top finishers Ben Maiyo and Daniel Njenga. The athletic abilities
of Bong-ju Lee and Jaouad Gharib add to that excitement and further
indicate that the eventual champion times will have to be fast.
Collectively, this field means exciting things for our 30th year and
perhaps our best race yet."
Limo is an established champion with four victories under his belt,
including three World Marathon Major races. After two consecutive wins in
The 2005 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and the 2006 Flora London Marathon,
he withdrew from the 2006 Chicago race with a lingering back injury. After
taking third in London this spring, Limo has his sights set on Chicago and
the opportunity to reclaim his crown.
Rutto made history in his first Chicago appearance in 2003, also his debut
at the marathon distance. By breaking the tape in 2:05:50, The 2003 LaSalle
Bank Chicago Marathon champion also set a new world record for a debut
performance that remains today. The win marked his first of three
consecutive major victories with a championship in the 2004 Flora London
Marathon and a repeat in Chicago that fall.
In only his second marathon appearance, Gharib shocked the world by
smashing a 20-year-old IAAF World Championships record at the 2003 marathon
(2:08:31). He returned to the championships in 2005 to reiterate his
status, becoming only the second man in history to win two consecutive IAAF
World Championships Marathons. With four sub-2:08 performances to his
credit, Gharib will be a solid contender in Chicago.
Lee arrives in Chicago fresh off winning the Seoul International Marathon
championship in March, his seventh career victory. Highlighting his career
is his 1996 Atlanta Olympic silver medal performance and wins at the
Boston, Asian Games and Fukuoka marathons. An established winner, Lee is
likely to challenge the leaders in his Chicago debut.
Daniel Njenga Muturi is well-known in Chicago as a top three finisher over
the past five years, including his personal best in 2002 (2:06:16). Hungry
to break the tape on Columbus Drive, Njenga Muturi followed last year's
runner-up Chicago finish with a win in the Tokyo Marathon, the second of
Ben Maiyo and Jimmy Muindi are also no strangers to the Windy City. Maiyo
finished second in 2005 behind Limo with his personal record (2:07:09) and
Muindi will make his fifth Chicago appearance to follow-up his third-place
finish in 2006.
The complete list of male athletes set to compete as of today is as
Name Country Personal Record
Bong-ju Lee KOR 2:07:20
Jaouad Gharib MAR 2:07:02
Tariku Jufar ETH 2:12:49
James Koskei KEN 2:14:02
Felix Limo KEN 2:06:14
Benjamin Maiyo KEN 2:07:09
Jimmy Muindi KEN 2:07:50
Daniel Njenga Muturi KEN 2:06:16
Evans Rutto KEN 2:05:50
Daniel Yego KEN 2:08:16
The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has produced some of the greatest
performances in marathon history with its fast, flat course and reputation
for recruiting the world's top talent. Over its 29-year history, The
LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has hosted four world records, six American
records and numerous other national records. In 2006 alone, four women
posted new records for their countries (Australia, Russia, Ethiopia and
For more information on athletes and the race, visit chicagomarathon.com.