Sunday’s Chicago Marathon was the goal fall race for many runners including hundreds of Canadians who made the trip to the “Windy City” for one of the world’s most popular races. In addition to the impressive performances by the winners (see recap here), there were lots of other memorable moments that are worth noting from Sunday.
In case you missed it, or want to re-watch some of the memorable moments, see our list below.
Post-race dances for the winners
Diego Estrada runs 30K on a sprained ankle after taking a mid-race tumble
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) October 9, 2016
Diego Estrada was the top American finisher at the Chicago Marathon and ran much of the race on a sprained ankle after falling at an early-race aid station. He ran 2:13:56.
— Diego Estrada (@estradadiego) October 9, 2016
Florence Kiplagat makes a point that it was a mistake for her to be left off Kenya’s Olympic team
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Florence Kiplagat defended her Chicago Marathon title on Sunday by making a big move at 30K and never looking back as she went on to win by almost two minutes. She is also the half-marathon world record holder. A candidate for Kenya’s Olympic team in Rio, the nation’s Olympic committee opted to leave her off the marathon team.
“I was disappointed,” Kiplagat said on not being selected for Rio. “I just wanted to prove to them that I was ready to represent them.”
Canadian juggles to a sub-three-hour marathon
— Michal Kapral (@mkapral) October 9, 2016
Toronto’s Michal Kapral had an impressive run in Chicago juggling the entire 42.2K route without dropping any of his three bean bags. Though not a world record for fastest marathon while juggling – a record he owns at 2:50 – it was Kapral’s first marathon where he did not have a single drop. He finished in 2:55.
Top Canadian performances
— CanadianRunning (@CanadianRunning) October 9, 2016
Actor and comedian Rob Riggle competes in Chicago
Rob Riggle, popular for his roles on The Daily Show, The Hangover, and Step Brothers, completed the Chicago Marathon in 5:33:52. He was running for Team Salute, an organization that provides veterans with financial assistance.
— Tim Hadzima (@Timmyhad) October 9, 2016
The 2016 Chicago Marathon winner, Abel Kirui, was in Halifax in 2015 for the Blue Nose Half-marathon, which he handily won. The two-time world champion in 2009 and 2011 made the trip to Nova Scotia for the half-marathon after coach Cliff Matthews passed away, whom he met while training in Kenya. See the full backstory on that here.
Christy Turlington Burns runs 3:47:53 in Chicago
What a day! Thank you to @runteamemc and everyone who raced today from Portland to Chicago to ensure that Every Mother does Count! I'm so proud to be connected to each and every one of you. Your efforts will impact many lives and more women will survive childbirth and thrive as mothers because of you! ??@chimarathon @everymomcounts #everymileeverymother #after
Christy Turlington Burns raced in Chicago on Sunday and ran 3:47. The American supermodel was named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in 2014.
Mike Wardian goes for fast times in all six marathon majors
American Mike Wardian is attempting to run all six Abbott Marathon Majors in 2016 averaging about 2:30 per marathon. Sunday’s race, the fifth in the six event series, came two weeks after his run in Berlin.