Thirty-seven residents braved 26.2 miles Sunday to complete the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
A record 37,455 participants crossed the finish line in Grant Park during the event, which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.
Ethiopian runner Tsegaye Kebede won the marathon, setting a course record of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 38 seconds. Winning on the women's side was Ethiopian Atsede Baysa (2:22:41), whose one-second margin of victory over Rita Jeptoo of Kenya was the closest finish in race history.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Bank of America Chicago Marathon’s 35th year than by rewriting the record books,” said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski. “Tsegaye took advantage of great racing conditions and stiff competition to smash the course record, and Atsede and Rita treated us to a spirited battle all the way to the finish tape. Their performances set the pace for a wonderful day of marathon running in Chicago, and it’s my pleasure to congratulate all race finishers, and to thank our volunteers, city partners and sponsors who help make this event possible.”
Unofficial Marathon Results: Darien Men
Unofficial Marathon Results: Darien Women
Source: Bank of America Chicago Marathon searchable results.
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*Editor's note: 63 Darien residents were signed up for the Chicago Marathon last Sunday, but only 37 completed the course, according to marathon officials.