Hats off to everyone who survived the high temps at Sunday's 33rd Bank of America Chicago Marathon. For the record, as of now, there were 19,973 male finishers and 16,186 female finishers. That's impresive on a day that was much better for spectating than running. My first salute is to the icon of icons, Joan Benoit Samuelson, who at age 53, ran a 2:47:50 in less-than-ideal conditions. She is amazing and always will be. Now on to the top locals I am able to decipher from the results. I'm sure I am missing people and I hope you let me know.
On the men's side, kudos to Patrick Rizzo, who was 13th in 2:16:12; Kyle Brady, 69th in 2:29:05; Andrew Jellema, 70th in 2:29:23; Eric Wallor, 76th in 2:29:48; and Emisael Favela, 85th in 2:31:26. On the women's side, here's to Tera Moody (we'll take her, even though she lives in Colorado now), 10th in 2:30:53; Claudia Becque, 27th in 2:41:28; Heather Prekop, 54th in 2:50:11; and Jean Marinangeli, 60th in 2:51:16. Here is another of the great local performances. Dave Walters, 55, of Lisle, ran a 2:51.40 to win M55-59. His half-marathon splits, despite the conditions, were virtually identical (1:25:40, 1:26:00).