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Women’s start list: Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023

Kenya's Defending champion Ruth Chepngetich, Dutch star Sifan Hassan, and USA's Emily Sisson headline the Chicago Marathon women's start list.

Mellissa Henry

ruth chepngetich wins bank of america chicago marathon
Ruth Chepngetich wins Bank of America Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO (Oct. 05) – The Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023 is shaping up to be a historic race, with organizers touting it as “one of the deepest, most-decorated assemblies of athletes in race history.” The women’s elite field is no exception, promising an electrifying contest between some of the world’s top endurance road runners.

Defending champion Ruth Chepngetich of Kenya, who clocked an impressive 2:14:18 in last year’s race, is back to defend her title on Oct. 8. She will face stiff competition from Tadu Teshome Nare of Ethiopia, who boasts a personal best of 2:17:36, and 2021 London Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya, with a personal best of 2:17:43.

Adding to the intrigue is Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia, who ran 2:18:05 in Amsterdam last year, and Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who recently clocked 2:18:33 in London to secure that impressive victory. – Read more: How to watch the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon?

Not to be overlooked is American record holder Emily Sisson, who will make her return to the Chicago Marathon after finishing second last year with a personal best time of 2:18:29.

B.A.A. 10K Results: USA women's top finisher Emily SissonPin
B.A.A. 10K Results: USA women’s top finisher Emily Sisson

The race will be broadcast live on NBC 5 Chicago, Telemundo Chicago, and TeleXitos from 7 – 11 a.m. CST. Additionally, live streaming will be available at and, as well as on the NBC 5 and Telemundo Chicago apps, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CST.

With such a stacked lineup, the 26.2-mile race through the Windy City promises to be a nail-biter, as each athlete vies for victory in what is sure to be a memorable showdown. Expect a thriller and even more records and personal bests at this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023.

Read more: Men’s start list: 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2023 Professional Field: Elite Women’s Open Division Start List

Athlete Information

Bib #NamePersonal BestCountry
101Ruth Chepngetich2:14:18 (Chicago, 2022)KEN
102Tadu Teshome Nare2:17:36 (Valencia, 2022)ETH
103Joyciline Jepkosgei2:17:43 (London, 2021)KEN
104Genzebe Dibaba2:18:05 (Amsterdam, 2022)ETH
105Sutume Kebede2:18:12 (Seoul, 2022)ETH
106Emily Sisson2:18:29 (Chicago, 2022)USA
107Megertu Alemu2:18:32 (London, 2022)ETH
108Sifan Hassan2:18:33 (London, 2023)NED
109Ababel Yesheneh2:20:51 (Chicago, 2019)ETH
110Des Linden2:22:38 (Boston, 2011)USA
111Emma Bates2:23:18 (Eugene, 2022)USA
114Molly Seidel2:24:42 (New York, 2021)USA
115Dakotah Lindwurm2:25:01 (Duluth, 2022)USA
116Sara Vaughn2:26:23 (Chicago, 2022)USA
117Andrea Ramirez2:26:34 (Chandler, 2020)MEX
118Tristin Van Ord2:27:07 (Houston, 2023)USA
119Rose Harvey2:27:20 (Seville, 2022)GBR
120Gabriella Rooker2:27:38 (Duluth, 2023)USA
121Diane Nukuri2:27:50 (London, 2015)USA
122Maggie Montoya2:28:07 (Chicago, 2022)USA
123Dominique Scott2:29:19 (London, 2022)RSA
124Ann Marie Tuxbury2:31:31 (Sacramento, 2022)USA
125Stacy Ndiwa2:31:53 (Istanbul, 2022)KEN
126Emeline Delanis2:32:36 (Chicago, 2022)FRA

About The Author

Mellissa Henry

Mellissa is a hard-working track and field follower who likes to travel and have fun with anyone she communicates with, for example, go running with them! Yay! Mellissa is a former Pride News writer who now spends her time working with kids and following the sport she loves.

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