Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Constantina Running Chicago?

From what information I've gleaned since Constantina Tomescu-Dita won the Olympic women's marathon, an effort will be made to have her in the starting field for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12. If anyone can pull off the quick turnaround of World Marathon Majors events, Constantina certainly can. She is known for brutal race schedules, including one year when she ran Chicago one week after winning the World IAAF Half-Marathon title. Plus, she's a fan favorite here and at the Steamboat Classic in Peoria. Stay tuned. Remember the men's marathon at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Chicago time. Robert K. Cheruiyot's withdrawal from the race adds some intrigue for Chicago on the men's side as well. He has been replaced in Beijing by Luke Kibet.


Nettie said...

I heard that Lance Armstrong is supposed to be at Chicago, too. Have you heard that? Not that he's an elite or anything. :)

Bob Richards said...

I have heard nothing definite about Lance running Chicago. It would make sense. He's had trouble on the hilly Boston and New York courses. Why not run here? He's run here before, as a triathlete in the mid-80s.