Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Participation in the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon was at an all-time high with a record 39,115 runners passing the finish line, according to the Chicago Marathon website. 

Of the nearly 40,000 participants, 750 needed medical care and 26 were transported to local hospitals. According to marathon staff, none of the hospitalized runners were in critical condition.

The top four male finishers were all from Kenya. Dennis Kimetto came in first place, winning the $100,000 prize, and broke the course record with 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, earning him an extra $75,000. The top two female competitors were also from Kenya, with Rita Jeptoo leading the pack. She broke the 2:20:00 mark, winning an additional $40,000, on top of the $100,000 she received for being first.

In the wheelchair race, Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa came in first in the men’s category, and Illinois resident Tatyana McFadden finished first among the women, both earning a $10,000 prize. 

All of the imagery was created for The Columbia Chronicle and NBC5 Chicago.