2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Kristen Heckert

Learn more about the elite runners competing at the 2018 Chicago Marathon

Kristen Heckert, a local runner with the Second City Track Club, will compete in her seventh Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Name: Kristen Heckert

Country of origin: United States

Residence: Bolingbrook, IL

Standout races: Heckert ended her 2017 season in Chicago with an impressive performance that saw her dip under 2:40 for the second year in a row and soar to a 16th place finish and a 2:38:54 personal record. Heckert has improved her marathon performances every year since making her debut in Chicago in 2011 in 2:51:04. In 2016, she finished 27th at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. After the trials, she posted her best 8K time, 26:35, en route to a second place finish at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K. 

More about Kristen Heckert: She has proved herself on the local Chicago scene in both 2016 and 2017, taking victories at the Big Ten 10K, the 10,000m in Naperville in a PR, 33:03; the North Shore Half Marathon in 1:16:50; the Ravenswood Run 5K in a PR, 15:59; and the Elmhurst 4 on the Fourth in a near PR, 21:41. Heckert’s best in the half marathon is 1:15:52. Most recently in 2018, she turned in a strong performance at the Bix 7, finishing 13th in a competitive field in 40:42. Heckert competed at Murray State University, College of DuPage and University of Illinois at Chicago.

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