Past Chicago Champions and Running Legends Steve Jones, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Constantina Dita and Deena Kastor Return to Chicago to Celebrate Inaugural International Chicago 5K
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced today that past champions and legendary runners Steve Jones, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Constantina Dita and Deena Kastor will return to Chicago to be part of the excitement of race weekend and celebrate the inaugural International Chicago 5K on Saturday, October 8.
"Steve, Joan, Constantina and Deena are global running icons who have inspired a generation of runners," said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director. "I watched all of these athletes run bravely and become champions on our city streets. It is an honor to welcome them back to Chicago to celebrate our city's cultural diversity with the International Chicago 5K."
The International Chicago 5K was born out of a desire to celebrate both Chicago's international zest and the allure of running in a world-class city. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually welcomes more than 10,000 runners from over 100 countries. While the Chicago Marathon is widely recognized on the global stage for its international competition and distinct course that winds through 29 culturally diverse neighborhoods, the city of Chicago is a global gateway and international hub for business and tourism. Chicago is home to the largest and most active sister cities organization in the United States, having established official relationships with 28 cities in almost every region in the world.
Throughout its storied history, the Chicago Marathon, acclaimed as one of the fastest marathons in the world, has witnessed four world records, multiple epic duels down the homestretch, and some of the sport's greatest legends take its crown. Steve Jones, renowned as the British athlete who took marathon running to a new level, arrived in Chicago in 1984 to break the marathon world record. Despite cold temperatures and a steady rain downpour, Jones moved to the front of the field and never looked back. He stopped the clock in 2:08:05. He returned in 1985 to take the men's field out in 4:43 pace, reaching the halfway mark in 1:01:42, something considered disrespectful to the distance in the mid-1980s. Jones held on to win in 2:07:13 - missing the world record by one second.