2019 Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Madai Perez

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

Madaí Pérez made her marathon debut in Chicago 16 years ago (2003), and she returned in 2006 to set her still-standing personal best, 2:22:59. 

Her performance in 2006 catapulted her into the national spotlight as she became the fastest female marathon runner ever from Mexico; she still holds the national record.

Name: Madai Perez

Country of Origin: Mexico

Standout Race: 

She had a noteworthy performance in Chicago in 2017, finishing fourth in 2:24:44 – her best time in more than a decade. She didn’t finish the 2018 Boston Marathon, and she posted a 2:30:04 this spring at the Hamburg Marathon.

More About Madai Perez: 

Pérez is a two-time Olympian in the marathon (2008 and 2016) and a two-time national champion in the 10,000m (2003, 2010). One of Pérez’s most memorable races occurred at the 2007 Boston Marathon where she proved hard to shake and she hung with the leaders until the closing miles. She placed third, and that remains her best finish in an Abbott World Marathon Major. 

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