THE HEAT WAVE that baked the Midwest wreaked havoc on the Chicago Marathon. Temperatures rose to the high 80s with stifling humidity; many of the 45,000 runners dropped out, 184 were hospitalized and one—Midland, Mich., police officer Chad Schieber, 35—died after collapsing due to a heart condition. Three-and-a-half hours after the race began, it was called off.
That tragedy followed two remarkable finishes, one fantastic and one heartbreaking. The men's race was won by Kenya's Patrick Ivuti, who beat Morocco's Jaouad Gharib by .05 seconds (right) in 2:11:11.00. In the women's race, Ethiopia's Berhane Adere sprinted down the stretch to catch Romania's Adriana Pirtea, who led by 30 seconds after 25 miles. Pirtea felt so safe on the lead that she started waving and high-fiving onlookers, unaware that Adere was steaming up behind her—an unwelcome sight on an utterly star-crossed day.