The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is known for its flat and fast course that starts and finishes in Grant Park and travels through one of the world’s most magnificent cities. The course has produced four world records, several national records, and countless personal bests. Runners enjoy the support of 1.7 million spectators as they run through 29 neighborhoods. (I'm sure there were at least that many spectators there today.)
20 aid stations are located along the course approximately one to two miles apart. Each aid station consists of the following amenities in this order:
Medical Tent with access to a Runner Transport vehicle
Gatorade Endurance Formula (lemon-lime flavor)
Public address announcer
(They have your back!)
In the event a participant is transported to a local area hospital at the discretion of the medical team, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago’s Patient Connection staff will be on hand in Grant Park to provide information regarding that patient to family and friends. (You go, American Red Cross!)
This race is used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, as well as, Olympic hopefuls. There are individual runners, groups, physically challenged and some "weekend warriors" who want to get out of work tomorrow. This morning at 6:00am, it was 50 degrees as participants lined up. Some had their game face on and others had their wedding face on...
The race was a huge success, and I'm sure that many ended up here for the celebration of finishing, and are living to tell about it!
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