The Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced this morning that Gwen Jorgensen will be among those tackling the course this October 7 in what will be her second marathon to date. Jorgensen joins an American women’s field that includes her Nike Bowerman Track Club teammate Amy Cragg, Laura Thweatt, Sarah Crouch and Taylor Ward. Jordan Hasay tops the field with her personal best marathon time (and the second-fastest American marathon time in history) of 2:20:57, which she recorded at last year’s Chicago Marathon on her way to securing a third-place finish and a new American course record.
A former OIympic gold medalist in triathlon, Jorgensen made the decision to leave the sport last fall to focus on running, with the goal of eventually competing in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Though Jorgensen made her half-marathon debut earlier this year with a fourth-place finish at the USATF Half Marathon Championships, she hasn’t raced a marathon since her first try at the distance in 2016, when she placed 14th in the TCS New York City Marathon with a time of 2:41:01. That race occurred only nine weeks after Jorgensen secured gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and one full year before she announced her departure from triathlon. While she wasn’t in full marathon training before 2016’s NYC Marathon, she has been training for the 26.2-mile distance all summer in careful preparation for her first real attempt at the marathon.
The Chicago Marathon will take place on October 7. Keep up with all of Women’s Running’s Chicago-related coverage before, during and after the race by visiting womensrunning.com/chicago2018.