The country’s fastest female marathoner is looking to set an American record this fall.
While many of her U.S. peers will take the upcoming fall racing season off to prepare for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in February, Jordan Hasay has different plans: She’s targeting an American record attempt in October at the Chicago Marathon.
A member of the Portland-based Oregon Project coached by Alberto Salazar, Hasay is currently the country’s fastest woman at the marathon. On Tuesday, Chicago officials said in a press release that Hasay will go for Deena Kastor’s American record of 2:19:36. Kastor set that mark at the 2006 London Marathon. Hasay has come closest to the 13-year record when she finished the 2017 Chicago Marathon in 2:20:57—just her second attempt at the race distance.
“I love the fast course and exciting atmosphere, which I believe can lead to an attempt at the American record,” Hasay, 27, said, in a written statement. “I look forward to being at my best again and giving it all I have in October.”
Hasay’s first 26.2-mile performance was at the 2017 Boston Marathon, where she finished in 2:23:00—the fastest debut marathon ever by an American woman.
Following an impressive 2017, Hasay was out for all of 2018 with injury. She sustained two fractures in her left heel. She withdrew from the 2018 Boston Marathon following an MRI the night before the race and then, later in the year, withdrew from the Chicago Marathon while still recovering from the injury.
This April, Hasay seemed back to herself: She was the first American woman to cross the finish line at the 2019 Boston Marathon, finishing in 2:25:20 and making her three for three at the distance—three third-place finishes in three races. She confirmed her plans to race Chicago shortly after crossing the finish line.
Chicago officials also announced on Tuesday that Mo Farah of Great Britain will defend his title in October, and Hasay’s Orgeon Project teammate Galen Rupp, who won the 2017 Chicago Marathon, will return to competition after surgery on his Achilles.
The rest of the 2019 professional field has not been announced yet.