(From the Bank of Chicago Marathon Media Dept.)
Defending Champion Liliya Shobukhova Returns to Chicago to Compete for Her Third Straight Title
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced that two-time defending champion Liliya Shobukhova will return to compete for her third straight victory, a feat that has never before been accomplished at Chicago’s fall classic. The Russian Olympian and national record-holder has dominated the flat and fast streets of Chicago for the past two years, crushing the competition with a devastating kick in 2009, and using patient, measured tactics to outlast her competition in 2010. A victory at the 34th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9 would put Shobukhova in a class by herself as the owner of three consecutive titles.