Photo: Kevin Morris
Jonas Hampton finishes 15th, Katie Matthews places 14th at the Chicago Marathon
The Chicago Marathon while flat and fast often falls on a day with less than ideal racing conditions as was the case this year with rain, temps holding in the low 60’s and high humidity. Not ideal for the marathon distance but that did not prevent B.A.A. athletes from attempting to lowering their personal best times. Jonas Hampton lowered his 10K PR just the week prior at the Lone Gull race and was primed to improve on his 2:15:46 PR he set at the 2017 Chicago Marathon. Holding 2:12 pace through 30K, the humid conditions caught up to him late in the race but Hampton held on for a new personal best time in 2:14:19 finishing 15th overall and the 4th American. Hampton has qualified for the 2020 US Olympic Marathon Team Trials in Atlanta. Joining Hampton as an OTQ, B.A.A. High Performance athlete Katie Matthews looked to lower her debut marathon personal best set last December at CIM in 2:38:39. The humid conditions put a damper on Matthews race plans but she still managed to hit a new PR in 2:38:16 good for 14th overall and the 8th American women.
The B.A.A. Running Club was represented at Chicago with Ashley Busa finishing in 2:55:26 and Kate Gunson not far behind in 2:57:16 for a couple of sub 3-hour performances. Also running the marathon were Jason Reilly finishing in 2:38:00, Thomas Morley in 2:58:35, Rich Battaglia in 3:03:47 and John Stuart in 4:06:00.
Congrats to all of the B.A.A. athletes finishing the Chicago Marathon!