Fionnuala all set for first marathon major on the road to Rio
“I’m looking forward to it,” said McCormack who made her marathon debut at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in 2014 finishing 10th in 2:31:46. “It’s a different challenge for this time of the year for me and it’s nice to be doing something different.
“I’ve been focusing on road racing in the last few months as Rio is in my sights,” she said. “I can’t wait to experience Chicago and try my hand at an American marathon. It was a natural progression for me and I’ve been told since I was about 14 I was going to be a marathoner at some stage.” McCormack will take on the likes of Kenyan Florence Kiplagat who is the world record holder for the half marathon. She will be looking to crack the 2:30 barrier with the Olympic standard of 2:42 easily within her compass.