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How one Olympic Marathon medalist has inspired the other:

Kastor and Samuelson long ago secured their spots in women’s running history, but they haven’t finished making their marks. On October 11, both will again run the Chicago Marathon. A decade after her victory here, Kastor has her sights set on breaking Colleen De Reuck’s American masters record of 2:28:40. Benoit Samuelson will try to beat 2:51:21, which would mean finishing within 30 minutes of her record-breaking time 30 years ago. “They’re not coming here to jog and wave to the crowd. They’re coming here to compete—which is the core of what these two women are about,” said race director Carey Pinkowski. Their aims are lofty but not beyond reach. Kastor set the world masters half marathon record in September 2014, running 1:09:36 in Philadelphia, and Samuelson ran 2:54:03 at Boston in April. Parallel Histories According to industry group Running USA, there were more than ...

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