2008 Chicago Marathon Rewind

The steady pace of the Chicago Marathon can be a grueling adventure, whether you're an elite or casual runner.

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Evans Cheruiyot of Kenya won the race handily, but he had to separate himself from two of his countrymen.
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Long after the elite runners finished, the casual runners continued to straggle in.
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There were plenty of colorful characters running Sundays Chicago Marathon.
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This was the scene in the South Loop, with one more mile to go.
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This is where the issue of finishing becomes mental -- and in many cases, physical as well.
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All along the route there were people to cheer the runners on.
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Sometimes it's a long wait until your runner arrives.
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But it's definitely worth the wait when she does!
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The hand cyclists get off to an early start.
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Eventually it came down to a two-man race.
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But there was no doubt who the winner would be today.
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Even the champ is allowed to have a moment after finishing first!
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Russian Lidiya Grigoryeva, finished first in the women's division.
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Grigoryeva also won the 2007 Boston Marathon.
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Prominent Democratic politician and Iraqi War veteran Tammy Duckworth (left) competes during the marathon.
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2008 Olympic champion, Romanian Constantina Tomescu-Dita (left), Romania congratulates the winner. She finished fourth among the women.
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U.S. runner Desiree Davila finished fifth in the women's division.
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Kenyan David Mandago, who finished second, moments after the race.
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