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2017 Illinois Marathon Brings Winners, Good Weather, Marriage Proposal

The finish line of the Illinois Marathon on Saturday morning.

The finish line of the Illinois Marathon on Saturday morning. Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media

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

2017 Illinois Marathon Top Finishers
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."