2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Galen Rupp - NBC Chicago

2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Galen Rupp

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    2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Galen Rupp
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    CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 08: Galen Rupp of the United States wins the men's race with a time of 2:09:20 during the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

    October 13 marks a significant comeback for Galen Rupp – it will be his first race back since the surgery, and the first glimpse of how he might fare in 2020.

    Name: Galen Rupp

    Country of Origin: U.S.A.

    Standout Race:  

    Galen Rupp, a three-time Olympian, became the third fastest American marathon runner ever in 2018 (behind Khalid Khannouchi and Ryan Hall) and the second fastest American ever on a record eligible course. In 2017, he became the first American male to win the Chicago Marathon in 15 years, beating an internationally talented field to run into our record books. He returned to the line in 2018 with an eye toward taking down Khannouchi’s American record (2:05:38), but he fell short, coming home fifth in 2:06:21. Shortly after the marathon, he underwent Achilles tendon surgery.

    More About Galen Rupp: 

    Rupp's father grew up in Maywood, Illinois, and the Oregon alum said he spent a lot of time in the Chicago area during his childhood. The 2017 Chicago Marathon was only his fourth marathon ever. 

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