2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runners

Take a look at the top runners kicking off this year's Bank of American Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12.

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Rita Jeptoo
nDefending champion Rita Jeptoo returns to try and defend her Chicago Marathon crown this year. The Kenyan's 2014 campaign has already been on fire, winning her third Boston Marathon early in the year and becoming the first woman to defend that title since Catherine Ndereba in 2005.
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Eliud Kipchoge
nEliud Kipchoge is expected to be in the running for one of the top spots at this year's Chicago Marathon. He enters the race with the lowest personal best in the field, a 2:04:05 he ran in Berlin last year, good for sixth all-time in the world rankings.
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Florence Kiplagat
nFlorence Kiplagat won the first marathon she ever entered, taking the Berlin title in 2011. She's also the half-marathon world champion. The Kenyan runner pulled out of the 2012 Chicago Marathon with an injury, but she's focused on improving on her 2:19:44 personal best in this year's race.
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Sammy Kitwara
nSammy Kitwara enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the fifth-fastest personal best in the field (2:05:16). An advantage for the Kenyan may be familiarity with the course after placing fourth at the 2012 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:05:54, and placing third with his personal best in last year's race.
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Mare Dibaba nMare Dibaba enters the 2014 Bank of America Marathon with the third-best time in the field, a 2:19:52 she clocked at the 2012 Dubai race.
nThe Ethiopian already has a win under her belt this year, winning the Xiamen Marathon in a course record 2:21:36.
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Tadese Tola
nTadese Tola enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the second-fastest personal best in the field (2:04:49). This marathon vet has a 2010 Paris Marathon win on his resume and a marathon bronze medal from the 2013 World Championships.
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Jemima Sumgong
nJemima Sumgong has mixed memories when it comes to the Chicago Marathon. The Kenyan runner set her personal best time of 2:20:48 in the 2013 edition of that race in which she stayed with her training partner, Rita Jeptoo, through 22 miles but ended up settling for second.
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Dickson Chumba
nDickson Chumba enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the sixth-fastest personal best in the field (2:05:42). The Kenyan runner can already boast marathon wins in Rome, Eindhoven and Tokyo, and would love to add a North American first-place finish to his resume.
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Birhane Dibaba
nBirhane Dibaba is hoping to cap off an already-successful 2014 season with a solid showing in Chicago. The Ethiopian runner clocked a personal best 2:22:30 at this year's Tokyo Marathon, good for second place and the fourth-best time in this year's Chicago field.
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Bernard Koech
nBernard Koech enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the third-fastest personal best in the field (2:04:53).Koech is fairly new to the marathon game, but he's learned quickly. That 2:04:53 personal best was clocked in his debut in Dubai last year.
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Gelete Burka
nGelete Burka enters the 2014 Bank of Chicago Marathon with the sixth-fastest personal best time in the field, although her 2:26:03 time is almost 4 minutes slower than the next-fastest competitor.
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Amy Hastings
nJudging by her personal best time of 2:27:03, Amy Hastings is the U.S.'s best hope to make some noise at the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but she'll likely need to run much faster than that to make a move on the likely lead pack.
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Wesley Korir
nKenyan Wesley Korir is about much more than just running.nHe can probably claim the title of being the only elected Member of Parliament to ever win the Boston Marathon, and according to the profile on his Twitter account, he'd like to be the president of his country one day.
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Koji Kobayashi
nKoji Kobayashi leads a strong contingent of Japanese runners in this year's race. He started this year with a personal best at the 2014 Tokyo Marathon, finishing ninth in 2:08:51. That gives him the eighth-fastest time in the field.
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Becky Wade
nWade enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a personal best time of 2:30:53, ninth-fastest in the field of female entrants. Last year Runner's World called Rice University graduate Becky Wade "America's best young marathoner."
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Patrick Rizzo
nThe 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be a homecoming for Patrick Rizzo who grew up in Schaumburg but now lives in Colorado. He has the second fastest U.S. men's time (2:13:42) coming into Chicago, which is good enough for 14th overall in the field.
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Bobby Curtis
nBobby Curtis enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the fastest U.S. men's time, but he'll be hard-pressed to make contact with the lead packs.nCurtis has traditionally been more of a long-distance track runner and has only two marathons under his belt.
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Kenenisa Bekele
nOlympic Gold Medalist Kenenisa Bekele will be running in the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the first time.nBekele, a 32-year-old 18-time world championship medalist from Ethiopia, has only raced in the U.S. a total of five times in his career.
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Clara Santucci
nClara Santucci enters the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon as the second-fastest U.S. woman in the race, and the eighth-fastest overall in the women's division. The Pennsylvania native was the top U.S. finisher in 2013, finishing ninth overall at 2:31:29.
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Melissa White
nMichigan resident Melissa White is no stranger to Chicago road races. The 32-year-old runner first participated in the Chicago Marathon in 2006 and was the second female finisher in the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in 2013. Her 2:32:37 personal best is the 10th-best in the field, but was clocked five years ago.
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