Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay Will Race 2018 Chicago Marathon
Sports After successful runs at the Chicago Marathon last year, Oregon Project teammates Galen Rupp and Jordan Hasay will return to the 2018 race on October 7.Rupp, 32, is the defending champion. He broke the tape in 2:09:20, 28 seconds ahead of runner-up Abel Kirui of Kenya.At the time, it was Rupp's second marathon victory in four starts—he had also won the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials, taken the bronze medal at the Games in Rio, and finished second at the 2017 Boston Marathon.Since Chicago, Rupp has added another marathon milestone. Although he dropped out of Boston last month near mile 19, suffering asthma symptoms in the cold and torrential rain, he entered the Prague Marathon three weeks later and won in 2:06:07.The time, a personal record by more than three minutes, makes him the second-fastest American ever, behind Khalid Khannouchi (whose American record of 2:05:38 dates to 2002). Rupp is now within 29 seconds off the record.In only her second attempt at the marathon distance, Hasay, 26, finished third at last year's Chicago, hanging with the leaders through a blistering first half. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia pulled away to win in 2:18:31, Brigid Kosgei of Kenya was second in 2:20:22, and Hasay finished in 2:20:57.Like Rupp, Hasay now owns the title of second-fastest American marathoner. (Deena Kastor set the American record of 2:19:36 in 2006.)RELATED: 6 Reasons Why Jordan Hasay's Chicago Race Was a Shock—and 3 Reasons It Wasn'tHasay was set to run Boston last month, but a stress reaction in her heel kept her out of the race at the last minute. According to her social media posts, she has been cross-training on a spin bike and at yoga class.