Tackling the Windy City

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The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon took place this morning, and two Ivy women finished in the top 20 of the elite competition.  Sarah Cummings (Pr ’11) and Lindsey Scherf (H ’08) finished 11th and 12th overall (6th and 7th American women in the race), respectively.

Cummings’ time of 2:34:47 is a new personal best by 10 seconds, which she had previously set at this year’s Boston Marathon.  Cummings went through the half marathon in 1:16:15.

Today’s marathon was Scherf’s marathon debut Scherf also set a new personal best today in Chicago – while she had previously shared with Letsrun.com before the race that she had aimed to run close under 2:28, Scherf finished in 2:37:26 after going through the half in 1:14:34.  She’s previously ran the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia in 2007 in 2:41:22.  After the race, Scherf shared the following tweet about her race to her followers: “The marathon is a humbling & character building event. Had some challenges today & didn’t perform as I hoped by kept tough & didn’t quit!”

Cummings and Scherf were highlighted by Letsrun.com before the event as some of the American blue-collar women runners to watch during the race.

There was also once other Ivy Leaguer up in the front, at least for part of the race.  Alexi Pappas (D ’13) ran this morning as the only official woman race pacemaker, who paced the 2:38 group.  Pappas shared on twitter after completing her duty that she “loved it”.

The race was won by Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo in 2:24:35.

Check out the official race website for full race results.

photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America

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