October 13, a day many are anxiously waiting for. No, not because of the return of “The Walking Dead”, but because that is the day of the annual Chicago Marathon. According to the Marathon’s official website, people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries make the trek to Chicago each year to participate in one of the most famous marathons in world.
Chicago Marathon officials state that this race is one of the top in the country because of the city’s flat land and the scenic view the runners get as they make their way through some of Chicago’s most popular areas. Officials also noted that many amateur athletes participate in this race hoping to set new national and world records.
At 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, thousands of runners will take off from Grant Park and begin their 26.2 mile journey around the city. Because of the overwhelming amount of runners, a second wave of runners will begin the same race 30 minutes later at 8 a.m. to disperse the crowd.
Those who have friends or family in the Marathon are welcomed to view the race from one of several spectator areas where they can cheer on the runners. Bank of America will also feature “Cheer Zones” at Mile 12 and Mile 26. Spectators are handed cheer supplies so they can support the runners as they fly by.
After the race, celebrate by taking part in 27th Mile Post-Race Party, also located in Grant Park. From 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment. Runners, be sure to save your bib number for a free beer!
Participating in the Chicago Marathon is a great accomplishment for those who attend. People race in wheelchairs and handcycles. Some run for pediatric cancer. Some run for lung cancer. Some run just for the fun of it, and there’s no better feeling than crossing the finish line 26.2 miles later.
For more details on the Marathon, visit the official website.
Good luck to everyone!