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Tegenkamp Takes on Chicago

Published by
RunnerSpace.com/RoadRacing   on Oct 10 2013, 08:00 PM

Tegenkamp in the running at Chicago Marathon

Published by the Chicago Tribune on October 9, 2013

Veteran marathoners have given Matt Tegenkamp two pieces of advice as he prepares for his debut at the distance.

One is to be patient.

The other is to pick a race pace and stick to it.

The patience part may be a bit tricky, given what the Wisconsin grad has said about the pace he plans for Sunday's Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

"I'm thinking about 4:55 or 4:57 a mile for the first 18 miles," Tegenkamp said in a telephone interview this week from his home in Portland, Ore.

Reminded that he had spoken of a five-minute pace during a late August interview, Tegenkamp laughed.

The slower pace translates to an unremarkable 2-hour, 11-minute finish. At 4:55, it would be 2:08:55 — likely nowhere near fast enough to challenge the Kenyans and Ethiopians expected to be the Chicago leaders but impressive nonetheless.

"It's hard for me to be patient," he said. "I'm very competitive."

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