List of winners of the Chicago Marathon
The Chicago Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors, has been contested by men and women annually since 1977. Since 1983, it has been held annually in October. The United States had been represented by the most Chicago Marathon winners (nine men and twelve women). After a seventh consecutive win by a Kenyan man in 2009, Kenyan men have won more times (ten) than men representing any other country. The United Kingdom is in third place in total victories (eight), victories by men (five) and victories by women (three). All four of Brazil's victors have been men, and all three of Portugal's winners have been women.
The first six pairs of races were swept by the United States. Runners representing the United Kingdom won both races in 1996 (Paul Evans and Marian Sutton). Kenya has been victorious in both races twice (1998 and 2001) and is the most recent country to do so, with representatives Ben Kimondiu and Catherine Ndereba. Deena Kastor, the 2005 female winner, is the last victor from the host nation. Although four-time winner Khalid Khannouchi represented the United States during his 2000 and 2002 victories after becoming an American citizen, the last American-born male winner prior to 2017 was Greg Meyer. Galen Rupp became the first American-born male to win the race in 35 years with his 2017 victory. 1979 winner Laura Michalek of the United States was just 15 years old.
Khannouchi's four victories is the most by any contestant. There have been several two-time winners including Khannouchi, five men and six women. Four of the five male two-time winners have been consecutive winners (most recently Evans Rutto in 2002 and 2003), and six of the seven two-time female victors have been consecutive (most recently Berhane Adere in 2006 and 2007). No one other than Khannouchi has won three races and no one has won three consecutively.
There have been two male and two female world records for the fastest marathon time set in the race. The United Kingdom has had both a male and a female fastest marathon world record in Chicago. The women's world record was once set by Paula Radcliffe, who succeeded Catherine Ndereba as a world record holder in 2002. The record has been set in 2019 by Brigid Kosgei. Khannouchi set the last male fastest marathon world record in the Chicago Marathon in 1999. After Ndereba set the record in 2001, both the men's and women's current fastest marathon world records had been set in the Chicago Marathon.
New World Record
Current Course Record
Both a New World Record and Current Course Record
|Date||Male athlete||Country||Time||Female athlete||Country||Time|
|September 25, 1977||Dan Cloeter||United States||2:17:52||Dorothy Doolittle||United States||2:50:47|
|September 24, 1978||Mark Stanforth||United States||2:19:20||Lynae Larson||United States||2:59:25|
|October 21, 1979||Dan Cloeter||United States||2:23:20||Laura Michalek||United States||3:15:45|
|September 28, 1980||Frank Richardson||United States||2:14:04||Sue Petersen||United States||2:45:03|
|September 27, 1981||Phil Coppess||United States||2:16:13||Tina Gandy||United States||2:49:39|
|September 26, 1982||Greg Meyer||United States||2:10:59||Nancy Conz||United States||2:33:23|
|October 16, 1983||Joseph Nzau||Kenya||2:09:44||Rosa Mota||Portugal||2:31:12|
|October 21, 1984||Steve Jones||United Kingdom||2:08:05||Rosa Mota||Portugal||2:26:01|
|October 20, 1985||Steve Jones||United Kingdom||2:07:13||Joan Benoit||United States||2:21:21|
|October 26, 1986||Toshihiko Seko||Japan||2:08:27||Ingrid Kristiansen||Norway||2:27:08|
|October 25, 1987|
|October 30, 1988||Alejandro Cruz||Mexico||2:08:57||Lisa Weidenbach||United States||2:29:17|
|October 29, 1989||Paul Davies-Hale||United Kingdom||2:11:25||Lisa Weidenbach||United States||2:28:15|
|October 28, 1990||Martín Pitayo||Mexico||2:09:41||Aurora Cunha||Portugal||2:30:11|
|October 27, 1991||Joseildo Rocha||Brazil||2:14:33||Midde Hamrin||Sweden||2:36:21|
|October 25, 1992||Jose Cesar de Souza||Brazil||2:16:14||Linda Somers||United States||2:37:41|
|October 31, 1993||Luíz Antônio||Brazil||2:13:14||Ritva Lemettinen||Finland||2:33:18|
|October 30, 1994||Luíz Antônio||Brazil||2:11:16||Kristy Johnston||United States||2:31:34|
|October 15, 1995||Eamonn Martin||United Kingdom||2:11:18||Ritva Lemettinen||Finland||2:28:27|
|October 20, 1996||Paul Evans||United Kingdom||2:08:52||Marian Sutton||United Kingdom||2:30:41|
|October 19, 1997||Khalid Khannouchi||Morocco||2:07:10||Marian Sutton||United Kingdom||2:29:03|
|October 11, 1998||Ondoro Osoro||Kenya||2:06:54||Joyce Chepchumba||Kenya||2:23:57|
|October 24, 1999||Khalid Khannouchi||Morocco||2:05:42||Joyce Chepchumba||Kenya||2:25:59|
|October 22, 2000||Khalid Khannouchi||United States||2:07:01||Catherine Ndereba||Kenya||2:21:33|
|October 7, 2001||Ben Kimondiu||Kenya||2:08:52||Catherine Ndereba||Kenya||2:18:47|
|October 13, 2002||Khalid Khannouchi||United States||2:05:56||Paula Radcliffe||United Kingdom||2:17:18|
|October 12, 2003||Evans Rutto||Kenya||2:05:50||Svetlana Zakharova||Russia||2:23:07|
|October 10, 2004||Evans Rutto||Kenya||2:06:16||Constantina Diță||Romania||2:23:45|
|October 9, 2005||Felix Limo||Kenya||2:07:02||Deena Kastor||United States||2:21:25|
|October 22, 2006||Robert Cheruiyot||Kenya||2:07:35||Berhane Adere||Ethiopia||2:20:42|
|October 7, 2007||Patrick Ivuti||Kenya||2:11:11||Berhane Adere||Ethiopia||2:33:49|
|October 12, 2008||Evans Cheruiyot||Kenya||2:06:25||Lidiya Grigoryeva||Russia||2:27:17|
|October 11, 2009||Samuel Wanjiru||Kenya||2:05:41||Irina Mikitenko||Germany||2:26:31|
|October 10, 2010||Samuel Wanjiru||Kenya||2:06:23||Atsede Baysa||Ethiopia||2:23:40|
|October 9, 2011||Moses Mosop||Kenya||2:05:37||Ejegayehu Dibaba||Ethiopia||2:22:09|
|October 7, 2012||Tsegaye Kebede||Ethiopia||2:04:38||Atsede Baysa||Ethiopia||2:22:03|
|October 13, 2013||Dennis Kimetto||Kenya||2:03:45||Rita Jeptoo||Kenya||2:19:57|
|October 12, 2014||Eliud Kipchoge||Kenya||2:04:11||Mare Dibaba||Ethiopia||2:25:37|
|October 11, 2015||Dickson Chumba||Kenya||2:09:25||Florence Kiplagat||Kenya||2:23:33|
|October 9, 2016||Abel Kirui||Kenya||2:11:23||Florence Kiplagat||Kenya||2:21:32|
|October 8, 2017||Galen Rupp||United States||2:09:20||Tirunesh Dibaba||Ethiopia||2:18:31|
|October 7, 2018||Mo Farah||United Kingdom||2:05:11||Brigid Kosgei||Kenya||2:18:35|
|October 13, 2019||Lawrence Cherono||Kenya||2:05:45||Brigid Kosgei||Kenya||2:14:04|
|2020||cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic|
|Date||Male athlete||Country||Time||Female athlete||Country||Time|
|1984||Robert Fitch||United States||2:35:06||Jonnie Baylark||United States||3:29:10|
|1985||Robert Fitch||United States||2:23:41||Jayne Fortson||United States||2:52:22|
|1986||Bart Bardwell||United States||2:10:19||Jonnie Baylark||United States||3:23:32|
|1987Due to sponsorship complications, the event was contested as a half marathon.}}|
|1988||Ken Luckenbaugh||United States||2:12:17|
|1989||Scot Hollonbeck||United States||1:45:30||Ann Cody-Morris||United States||1:58:51|
|1990||Jim Knaub||United States||1:42:34||Ann Cody-Morris||United States||1:53:33|
|1991||Philippe Couprie||France||1:41:21||Ann Walters||United States||1:57:17|
|1992||Vern Achenbach||United States||1:44:28||Ann Walters||United States||1:44:29|
|1993||James Briggs||United States||1:42:03||Ann Walters||United States||1:57:34|
|1994||James Briggs||United States||1:32:14||Ann Walters||United States||1:59:45|
|1995||James Briggs |
| United States |
|1:37:12||Ann Walters||United States||1:57:27|
|1996||Jacob Heilveil||United States||1:39:57||Ann Walters||United States||1:52:13|
|1997||Saul Mendoza||United States||1:37:42||Candace Cable||United States||1:57:32|
|1998||Franz Nietlispach||Switzerland||1:34:22||Candace Cable||United States||1:58:32|
|1999||Saul Mendoza||United States||1:37:03||Miriam Nibley||United States||2:03:44|
|2000||Tony Iniguez||United States||1:41:00|
|2001||Tony Iniguez||United States||1:37:59||Christina Ripp||United States||1:56:58|
|2002||Adam Bleakney||United States||1:40:14||Tricia Downing||United States||1:52:50|
|2003||Joshua George||United States||1:41:01||Christina Ripp||United States||1:56:33|
|2004||Joshua George||United States||1:36:13||Miriam Nibley||United States||2:05:51|
|2005||Krige Schabort||South Africa||1:29:40||Miriam Ladner||United States||2:01:37|
|2006||Joshua George||United States||1:38:31||Miriam Lander||United States||2:04:21|
|2007||Kurt Fearnley||Australia||1:28:06||Amanda McGrory||United States||1:45:27|
|2008||Kurt Fearnley||Australia||1:30:16||Amanda McGrory||United States||1:55:12|
|2009||Kurt Fearnley||Australia||1:29:09||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:50:47|
|2010||Heinz Frei||Switzerland||1:26:56||Amanda McGrory||United States||1:47:25|
|2011||Kurt Fearnley||Australia||1:29:18||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:45:03|
|2012||Josh Cassidy||Canada||1:32:58||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:49:52|
|2013||Ernst Van Dyk||South Africa||1:30:37||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:42:35|
|2014||Joshua George||United States||1:32:12||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:44:50|
|2015||Kurt Fearnley||Australia||1:30:46||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:41:10|
|2016||Marcel Hug||Switzerland||1:32:57||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:42:28|
|2017||Marcel Hug||Switzerland||1:29:23||Tatyana McFadden||United States||1:39:15|
|2018||Daniel Romanchuk||United States||1:31:34||Manuela Schar||Switzerland||1:41:38|
|2019||Daniel Romanchuk||United States||1:30:26||Manuela Schar||Switzerland||1:41:08|
|2020||cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic|
- Due to sponsorship complications, the event was contested as a half marathon.
- Liliya Shobukhova finished first in 2009, 2010 and 2011 but was subsequently disqualified and records erased because of a positive drug test. Her penalty was announced in 2014.
- Rita Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition drug test for EPO on September 25, 2014. The drug test was confirmed in December 20, 2014, and her two-year suspension was made retroactive to the date of the positive test, which was before the Chicago Marathon, on October 12, 2014 when she had originally finished first in 2:24:35.
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