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2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Sarah Crouch

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    2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Sarah Crouch
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    Sarah Crouch, of Blowing Rock, N.C., approaches the finish line of the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016, in Boston.

    Sarah Crouch made a name for herself in the marathon at the 2014 Chicago Marathon, lopping almost 12 minutes off her previous personal record and placing seventh in a personal best, 2:32:44. Since then, she has returned to Chicago three times. She enjoyed another strong performance in 2015, finishing 12th in 2:32:51; she finished ninth in 2016 in 2:33:48; and she finished 13th last fall in 2:38:27.

    Name: Sarah Crouch

    Country of origin: United States

    Standout races: Crouch started 2018 with a seventh place finish at the Houston Marathon in 2:35:22, and then she experienced a significant stride forward in June at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. She finished second in a personal best, 1:11:31. It was her first personal record over any distance in four years.

    More about Sarah Crouch: A 13-time All-American at Western Washington University and a 2011 NCAA Division II National Champion in the 10,000m, Crouch started running professionally with ZAP-Reebok fresh out of college. In one of her first races as a professional runner, she finished fifth at the U.S. 10 Mile Championships. In 2011, she made her marathon debut in New York and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, and in 2012, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000m.

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