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345 Evanston Runners Finish Chicago Marathon

Jeff Bailey was the fastest man from Evanston, placing 148th overall. Willemien Kets was the fastest woman, finishing 3,822nd overall.

Some 345 runners from Evanston participated in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon yesterday, according to the official marathon website.

Jeff Bailey, 27, was the fastest Evanston man to finish, with a time of 2:39:02. He placed 148th overall and was the 138th man to finish the race. 

Willemien Kets, 36, was the fastest woman from Evanston. She ran 3:28:25 to finish 3,822nd overall and 581st among women.

In all, 37,454 competitors completed the 26 mile, 385 yard-course through downtown Chicago and the city’s neighborhoods, finishing down Columbus Drive in Grant Park.

Evanston Running Club coach Nancy Rollins, 65, placed first in her division, women aged 65 to 69. She completed the marathon in a time of 3:32:04, making her the 4,525th runner to finish and the 758th woman.

Rollins was one of six Evanston athletes to finish among the top 50 spots in their division. Ari Sillman ran 3:34:11 to place 18th among 16- to 19-year-old men. With a time of 3:08:02, Keith Holzmueller placed 16th among men age 55 to 59, while not far behind was Keith Burns, who ran 3:08:24 to place 19th in the same division.

Sebastian Reyes ran 2:55:39 to finish 28th among men aged 45 to 49, while Patrick Tierney ran 2:56:34 to finish 34th in the same division.

Other top finishers from Evanston include Javier Izquierdo Ferrer (2:51:59), Reuben Keller (2:55:37), Daniel Plyter (2:57:53), Jeremey Rielley (2:58:38), Steve Nate (2:58:39), Mark Smith (2:59:09), Jane Klene (3:34:15), Gaby Ruiz Funes (3:38:23), Kevin Harrell (3:05:47), John Kayser (3:08:49), Rozann Carter (3:43:20), Amanda Thullen (3:44:27) and Caitlin Prouty (3:44:55).

John Brinkmann October 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
345!--awesome accomplishment---wtg E-Town Harriers---congrats!
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I was pretty amazed when I saw that 345 runners from Evanston had competed. I watched the runners go by at mile 7.5 yesterday, and also at the finish. It was very inspiring!

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