Posted on October 08 2017
Galen Rupp won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2:09.20 to become the first American born winner in 35 years. Galen broke the lead pack of 6 in the 22nd mile running a 4:30 mile followed by 4 more miles all in the 4:30 range executing the pre race game plan perfectly. After the race Galen commented, "
It’s just incredible. You train so hard, year in and year out, day in and day out. To have a race like this where it all comes together and to be able to win in a city that really is such a special to me given that my dad grew up here.
Words can’t describe the feeling of crossing the line and seeing my family, my coach. This just isn’t about me – there are so many people that are part of the Nike Oregon Project. I’ve felt like I’ve always had such great support from the Nike family, my coach Alberto Salazar, obviously my wife and kids – they’ve all sacrificed so much – it’s for all of them. It’s just a great day." Galen will take some much deserved time off after a long Marathon buildup.
Galen wasn't the only Oregon Project athlete with a great performance today. Jordan Hasay finished 3rd in 2:20.57 to become the 2nd fastest American of all time at the distance. Winner Tirunesh Dibaba took the pace out at World Record Pace and Jordan went with her at the suicidal pace. Although she paid the price for the early pace she was able to regroup and finish strong in just her 2nd Marathon. Jordan now has two 3rd place finishes after her Boston Marathon this Spring.