Wentzville/Lake Saint Louis Residents Complete Chicago Marathon

Thirteen area residents competed in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7. See how they compared to the race's champion.

Hundreds of St. Louis-area residents competed in the Chicago Marathon Oct. 7, including thirteen runners from the Wentzville/Lake Saint Louis area.

None finished better than 41-year-old Lawrence Wang, of St. Louis, who finished in 539th place overall (out of nearly 50,000 participants) with a time of 2 hours and 55 minutes and 4 seconds.

Hope Rathnam, a 24-year-old St. Louisan, finished 77th in the women's field (870 overall), with a time of 3:00:05. That was the best mark by a woman among St. Louis-area participants.

Richard Bender, of Chesterfield, came in as the oldest area runner to complete the race. Bender is 63 years old and finished with a time of 5:36:31.

The youngest area racer, meanwhile, was Nicholas Miller, 19, of Lake Saint Louis, who clocked in at 3:48:22, which was good enough for 34th place in his division.

For a complete list of Missouri winners, check out the Bank of America Chicago Marathon website results page

Locally, the thirteen runners who completed the race are:

Place Overall Place Gender Place Division Name City Age Finish Time 5847 4701 734 Richard Palo Wentzville 26 3:38:51 8052
Nicholas Miller
Lake Saint Louis
9203 2240 400 Melissa Peters Lake Saint Louis 37 3:52:28 9491 7133 1235 Jason Swain Lake Saint Louis 41 3:53:25 10989
8110 1517 Edward Barron Lake Saint Louis 34 3:58:09 20969 13548 2351 Tom Smoot Wentzville 43 4:35:37 21231 7554 665 Deborah Grenia Lake Saint Louis 46 4:36:34 21332 13729 1186 Paul Urzi Wentzville 50 4:37:01 26253 16001 2689 Scott Forrest Wentzville 39 4:56:38 26255 10253 1735 Jennifer Bunner Wentzville 38 4:56:39 27423 10907 1600 Cathy Loeffelman Wentzville 42 5:01:37 31182 18166 3091 David Sheppard Lake Saint Louis 40 5:25:31 33066 14104 2006 Amy Smoot Wentzville 43 5:41:14

Celebrating its 35th running, the Chicago Marathon is one of five World Marathon Majors. 

Tsegaye Kebede won the men's competition with a record-breaking time of 2:04:38, while Atsede Baysa set an event record time of 2:22:03. Both winners are from Ethiopia.

Michigan-native Dathan Ritzenhein was the top U.S. finisher in 9th place, with a time of 2:07:47— the third fastest American of all time.


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