The 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon took place on Sunday, and it began and ended with new records.
First, an unprecedented 38,535 runners showed up to run the race, and 37,455 of them—another record—completed it. In fact, the marathon ended up having more runners then medals! Ultimately, 1,300 runners who finished the race didn't receive their awards, according to the Chicago Tribune. But never fear: A spokesperson told the newspaper that marathon organizers plan to mail or ship each runner their prize.
"We are ensuring that every runner who crossed the finish line will receive a medal to recognize their accomplishments," Bank of America spokesperson Diane Wagner said.
In other records set, Ethiopian citizen Tsegaye Kebede won the marathon with a time of two hours, four minutes, and 38 seconds, breaking the previously held record of 2:05:39 and becoming the first Ethiopian man to win the marathon, breaking Kenya's nine-year winning streak.
Ethiopia's Atsede Baysa won the women's race with a time of two hours, 22 minutes, and three seconds. She beat her previous personal best time by one second.