Jason Hartmann runs 2:11:06 at Bank of America Chicago marathon, Top American, by Larry Eder

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                    Jason Hartmann, photo by PhotoRun.net.
Jason Hartmann picked the right day to set a personal best. Running 63 seconds faster than
his personal best of 2:12:09 (2009 Mediatronic Twin Cities), Jason Hartmann finished in 2:11:06, after going out very conservatively in 1:05:11.

Hartman is coached by Lee Troop in Boulder, Colorado. He is a former Duck (University of Oregon) and was on the same high school team at Dathan Ritzenheim.

"I just tried to stay within myself, putting water on my head, putting water on my body, that is more what I was focused on. The race started panning out, runners started dropping. I stayed within myself. The last ten miles, I was by myself. I just stayed focus, conserved energy. The  last four miles was hot, tough, gritty. I stayed focused, used energy of the crowd. " noted Hartmann after the race.

When asked if the heat affected him. Hartmann noted, " The heat was tough the last four -five miles. I was seeing mirages. I saw water. With 2k to go, I told myself six minutes to 6.30  to go. I will just enjoy this one right now. This was the toughest marathon training, not so much, the training, but things outside. In the race, things fell part with my training group, so I had to regroup. Just before the race, I  got a message with girlfriend that my grandma was not doing well. I had stomach issues. I had every excuse to fail, but I just run for it. I had all excuse to do bad, but I ran smart, and always kept the race in front of me!"

Congrats to Jason Hartmann on his personal best, and we hope he enjoys his results today!

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