Rita Jeptoo

Past champion, runners-up head Chicago Marathon elite fields

Past champion, runners-up head Chicago Marathon elite fields

Tsegaye Kebede was a protagonist in two of the more memorable runnings of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

In 2010, he lost a fierce, head-to-head battle to the late Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya.

Returning in 2012, a year after Wanjiru’s death at his Kenya home under circumstances that still lack clarity, Kebede set a Chicago course record of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds (since broken) in becoming the first Ethiopian man to win the Chicago Marathon.

Kebede is back again this year, headlining the men’s field to be announced later this morning, with another Kenyan as a top rival.

In the Oct. 11 race, Kebede will be trying to hold off the rise of...