2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Lawrence Cherono

Learn more about the elite runners competing at the 2019 Chicago Marathon.

Lawrence Cherono enters this year’s Chicago Marathon as the reigning Boston Marathon champion, and as someone with a consistent record, including seven victories over 14 career marathons.

Name: Lawrence Cherono

Country of Origin: Kenya

Standout Race:  

This spring he battled two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa down Boylston Street in an epic duel that produced one of Boston’s closest finishes in history. After the race, a surprised Cherono admitted, “Personally, I am poor in finishing. But today I did my fantastic job. It was no man’s race to win, I am so grateful and so happy.”

More About Lawrence Cherono: 

Prior to gaining worldwide fame after seizing the laurel wreath, Cherono, a two-time champion of both the Honolulu and Amsterdam marathons, destroyed course records in both Hawaii and the Netherlands. He clipped more than a minute from Amsterdam’s course record in 2018 and set the Dutch all-comers record en route to his win. The Chicago Marathon will be his third Abbott World Marathon Major event, and if it comes down to a sprint finish, Cherono will be extremely hard to beat. To date, he has only finished off the podium twice.

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