A couple years ago, I got to attend the Chicago Marathon. My older daughter
We went to the Expo center so she could check in and
Sunday morning we were up early. She left at 6:30 to get checked in and ready. I waited until about 9:30 and walked over to Grant Park. OMG I have never seen so many people in one area. According to the marathon people, there were 45,000 runners from 110 different countries (including family and friends, over a million visitors!). The weather was perfect – brilliant blue sky, no wind, early morning temps in the upper 40’s warming up to the mid 70’s.
Now, do you know how long a marathon race is – it’s 26.2 miles. That’s from my
There was more security than I’ve ever seen in any one location. Police walking, riding bikes, in cars; swat team guys all in their swat togs with guns; helicopters patrolling; security companies patrolling with dogs. It was amazing. Then, there were several thousand volunteers all around the entire area ready to give directions, help if someone was hurt, answer questions, whatever. At the Hospitality Tent there were places to sit, a desk where you could check on your runner, and
My daughter thought it would take them about 5 hours and I went the bleachers at 11:30 to watch for her. And, I know I’m using this
And, wouldn’t you just know – I missed her running past me. She did get hurt, tore her ACL muscle, but did not quit and did complete the marathon in 5 hours. It was the best trip to Chicago I’ve made!