2017 Illinois Marathon Brings Winners, Good Weather, Marriage Proposal
After two years of challenging weather, runners in Saturday's 2017 Illinois Marathon finally got a break. Conditions were dry with temperatures in the mid-40s, though wind gusts topped 20 mph.
Organizers say this year's events included more than 17,000 people.
Here is a list of the top finishers in Friday and Saturday's events based on preliminary times from IllinoisMarathon.com:
|Teferi Bacha Regasa||2:22:18||Morristown, NJ||Marathon, Male|
|Rachael Brewer||2:47:26||Tuscola, IL||Marathon, Female|
|Sammy Rotich||1:04:37||West Des Moines, IA||Half Marathon, Male|
|Julia Kohnen||1:16:31||Florissant, MO||Half Marathon, Female|
|Christian Clemmons||0:58:42||Champaign, IL||Half Marathon, Wheelchair, Male|
|Jenna Fesemyer||1:06:17||Ravenna, OH||Half Marathon, Wheelchair, Female|
|Matt Hazel||0:32:11||Champaign, IL||10K, Male|
|Erika Holroyd||0:39:10||St. Louis, MO||10K, Female|
|Brennan Guido||0:16:33||St. Joseph, IL||5K, Male|
|Jessica Franklin||0:19:25||Mahomet, IL||5K, Female|
Last year's top finisher in the full marathon crossed the finish line in 2:20:53.
In addition to the top finishers above, there was also a marriage proposal at the finish line on Saturday morning. She said, "yes."