Joan Benoit Samuelson Withdraws from Chicago Marathon

10/04/2017 - 18:36

1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and 1985 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Champion Joan Benoit Samuelson has withdrawn from the 40th annual Chicago Marathon.

Benoit Samuelson is putting her record chase on hold. Samuelson announced this summer that she was targeting the 40th anniversary Bank of America Chicago Marathon to start the next chapter in her career by becoming the first woman at age 60 run a sub-three-hour marathon. Due to training setbacks as a result of an injury, Samuelson will not be competing in this years race on Oct. 8.

"Joan is a champion, and while we would love to celebrate a new record and career milestone with her, we are looking forward to having her here in Chicago to cheer on more than 40,000 runners," said Carey Pinkowski, Bank of America Chicago Marathon Executive Race Director. "We are honored any time a running icon like Joan comes to Chicago."

Said Benoit Samuelson: "October 8 has been on my calendar for some time, but I need to put my goals and my story on hold for now. Chicago holds a special place in my career, and while I cannot compete this year, I am looking forward to cheering on thousands of runners as they chase their goals and tell their stories on race day."

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