One way that the citizens of Chicago recognize that fall has arrived, other than the dropping temperatures and changing leaves, is the arrival of the Chicago Marathon. Since it was established in 1977, the event has expanded by leaps and bounds, becoming a key destination for serious marathon runners both around the United States and around the world.
The race begins and ends in Grant Park and takes the runners through a flat course around the city of Chicago.
There are several different competitions held within the marathon, such as individual events, team events and special challenges.
While it's hard enough just to finish the marathon, the 2012 race was particularly special thanks to an impressive performance by one individual.
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia was able to finish the course with the best time not only for 2012, but all time. He crossed the finish line in Grant Park with a course record time of two hours, four minutes and 38 seconds.
Kebede's time beats the former course record from 2011, which was held by Moses Mosop (2:05:37), who's also from Ethiopia.
As the winner, Kebede will take home a $100,000 cash prize, and he'll also earn an additional $50,000 for setting a record.
For now, Kebede will get to enjoy his new record and a generous cash prize. But in this sport, there's always another runner ready to set a new record, which Kebede will hopefully be able to defend next year.
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