Chicago Marathon: A Brief History

chicagomarathonlogoStarted in 1977, what is now called the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, began with over 4,200 runners. At that time, it was the largest marathon in the world! The marathon now hosts over 36,000 runners, all attempting to complete the 26.2 mile distance.

Weather in Chicago in mid-October is generally good with an average high of 66 degrees and an average low of 48 degrees. However, as anyone who ran in the past two years knows, averages mean nothing on race day. After an exceptionally hot race in 2007 (a high of 88) shut the course down after 3 and a half hours, race officials have gone above and beyond to supply water, aid stations, and medical personnel.

The race is also known for being flat and fast. A course where people often set Personal Records. In fact, the highest elevation area is 24 feet! The course travels across the north, south, and west sides of Chicago, through 29 historic and diverse neighborhoods.

I am excited to run this race on October 11, 2009! Especially doing it with a bright, green Team OneVerse shirt on! I hope to see you on the team too!

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One response to “Chicago Marathon: A Brief History

  1. Hey Allison. Thanks for keeping us updated. Wish I could be there to cheer you on in October.

    Blessings as you continue preparing!

    -Paul, for OneVerse

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