Cheseto rewrites record book at Chicago Marathon, gets Nike sponsorship

Marko Cheseto, a former UAA runner and now double-amputee. (KTUU)

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Six months after setting the double-amputee marathon world record in Boston (02:42:24), former UAA runner Marko Chesto rewrote the record book by finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2:37:23, breaking his old record by five minutes.

“I had the feeling it was going to be a good marathon time because I trained well,” said an energetic Cheseto over the phone.

Cheseto said he's only run three marathons. He attributes his faster time to nutrition and training volume.

“After Boston I was 141 pounds and I realized if I lose six more pounds I’ll be 135 I might be able to run quicker,” said Cheseto.

As far as his training group? He doesn’t have one.

“I tell people I train with my watch,” said Cheseto.

But that could be changing, as Cheseto told Channel 2 he signed with Nike recently as an adaptive athlete.

“I didn’t anticipate I’d be sponsored by Nike,” said Cheseto in regards to when he started running marathons.

[RELATED: Cheseto beats previous record at Boston Marathon, has big plans for next year]

Cheseto lost his legs in 2011. The star UAA runner was upset about a friend's suicide, overdosed on pills and disappeared into the woods. The temperatures dropped below freezing and inches of fresh snow fell during the two-day search for him. Cheseto walked into a hotel, ending the search, but lost both of his legs from the knees down due to frostbite.

Early this week, Cheseto didn’t have many details yet about what the Nike sponsorship will entail but thinks it can only help him and other adaptive athletes.

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