Seifu Tura, an Ethiopian long-distance runner originally specialized in middle-distance running won the men’s 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon in 2:06:12. He finished 23 seconds ahead of 2017 champion Galen Rupp to win his first major title.
Covid-19 canceled the 26.2-mile race last year, but runners returned after 728 days to run a flat course down the streets of the “Windy City” with very mild temperatures and widespread winds.
Despite the many strong challenges, Tura said he was pleased to win. He also stated that the heat prevented him from reaching his personal best time and that he spent more than three months training for this race.