Congratulations to everyone who ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! Here at the Rye Running Company, we could not be more proud of you.
Word out of the Windy City is that a new course record was set yesterday. Dennis Kimetto of Kenya ran the course in an amazing 2:03:45! The previous record was 2:04:38, so Kimetto shaved off nearly a minute. Fellow Kenyan Rita Jeptoo won the women’s race with a sub-2:20 marathon, coming in at 2:17:18. Big congrats to both of these awe-inspiring runners!
But while the elite runners often make the big headlines, we can’t be more proud of Maickel Melamed, a 38-year-old Venezuelan with muscular dystrophy. Despite coming in last (it took him more than 16 hours), Melamed is equally awe-inspiring for his devotion and perseverance.
“The message is, ‘If you dream it, make it happen,’” Melamed told reporters. “Because your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. So make the best of it.”
No matter your experience or your pace, you are all winners in our book!