Deena Kastor will run the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11 and attempt to set the women’s American Masters record, race organizers announced this week.
The 42-year-old Kastor already has the world Masters record in the half marathon, set last year when she ran a 1:09:36 at Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia last September. In November, she placed 11th at the New York City Marathon in 2:33:18.
Kastor will be gunning for Colleen De Reuck’s Masters mark, set in 2005 in Chicago when she ran a 2:28:40 at the age of 41, placing fourth overall. Ironically, Kastor won the race that year in 2:21:25. The following spring, Kastor set the American record at the London Marathon with a time of 2:19:36, a mark that still stands.
Chicago Marathon officials also announced this week that Joan Benoit Samuelson will run this year’s race as well. Samuelson, 58, ran a 2:54:03 at the Boston Marathon in April and is back in Chicago to commemorate the 30th anniversary of her 1985 Chicago Marathon victory. She won that year’s race in 2:21:21, an American record that stood until Kastor came along.
“My goal has always been to run as fast as I can for as long as I can,” Benoit Samuelson said. “I continue to challenge myself with new goals and look within myself for the story I want to tell at the race. When I crossed the finish line in 1985, I never thought I’d be competing in the same marathon 30 years later. My challenge for this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon is to run within 30 minutes of my fastest marathon and 1985 Chicago Marathon finishing time.”