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October 14, 2008

Korir - 4th at Chicago, but out of the $$$ - World Class Runners

Written by Coach Tom McGlynn

The Chicago Marathon has a dilemma on its hands that could have long lasting implications.

Wesley Korir’s time was the 4th fastest automatically timed finish of the day on Sunday. Chicago will not pay him the 4th place finisher’s purse of $15K based on the IAAF rules that require all elite runners to start with the elite race.

On one hand I want to scream at the Chicago Marathon to show Mr. Korir the money.

On the other hand the 4th place finisher has an argument in that Korir did not have to compete with the best runners nor did he follow the rules of competition.

What do you think?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-081012-wesley-koirr-chicago-marathon,0,36016.story

Last modified on May 22, 2010
Coach Tom McGlynn

Coach Tom McGlynn

Tom started runcoach in 2002. His main objective was to equip more runners with the successful training philosophies he was exposed to. In 2007 Tom and the team found a way to make our proven training more widely available through the new online resource

Tom has qualified for the Olympic Trials Marathon three times (2000 ’04 and ’08). He trained under legendary coach Harry Groves at Penn State and graduated in 1996. Tom ran with the Nike Farm Team and Coaches Jeff Johnson, Vin Lananna, Jack Daniels and Ray Appenheimer from 1996-2004. From 2004-2006 Tom served as Assistant Distance Coach to Frank Gagliano for the Nike Farm Team.

Through runcoach Tom has helped thousands of runners set new PR’s. He has trained Marathoners ranging from 2:15 to 8:15 and remains convinced that anyone can improve their running with the right approach.

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