A busy weekend of distance running was highlighted by last Sunday's Chicago Marathon, one of the biggest road racing events in U.S. each year. Kenya's Dennis Kimetto took advantage of the good weather and the work of six pacemakers to break the course record, winning in 2:03:45. The women's race was also fast, as Rita Jeptoo took the victory in a 2013 world-leading 2:19:57.
In other marathon action Sunday, Yemane Tsegay Adhane won the rainy Eindhoven marathon in 2:09:11, with Ruth Wanjiru taking the women's race in 2:34:48. Nicholas Chelimo won the Cologne Marathon in 2:09:45 while Janet Rono prevailed in the women's event, finishing in 2:28:36.
Edwin Soi beat a strong field to win the Giro di Trento 10K race for the fifth time, out-sprinting Wilson Kiprop down the stretch. Both runners were credited with times of 29:01, edging third place Imane Merga by two seconds.
Sarah Chepchirchir broke the course record in Sunday's Paris 20K event, crossing the line in 1:05:03. Tebalu Zawude won the men's race in 58:07.
Viola Kibiwot ran the fastest 4-mile time in women's history, winning Sunday's race in Groningen, Netherlands in 19:14. Yenew Alamirew won the men's race in 17:30. Abrar Osman was second, also in 17:30, with Haile Gebrselassie third in 17:31.