Sunday, October 11, 2009
Chicago Marathon 2009
Today was the Chicago Marathon which runs right through River North. The music was going by about 7am as the chilly volunteers prepared for the race. It seems hard to believe that just a couple of years ago it was almost 90 and people were dropping in the heat... today it was in the low thirties at the start and damn cold.
We are about at the half way point so how it goes is that first we see the wheelchair racers scream by, then it goes about 15 minutes or so, and then we see the first pack of runners, invariably Kenyan. After a while the few other leading runners go by, and then it is the big pack.
In the picture on the upper right of this collage you can see the eventual winner, Kenya's Samuel Wanjiru, who is 22, who set an all time record for a marathon in the US at this event. He is in yellow. On the upper left you can see the volunteers who are holding out cups of water - the pack of winners don't slow down.
The big picture is a view of the runner pack to the north, and the smaller crowd view is a runner pack to the south. You can see the picture where the ambulance is following who I think is about the last person running the race - he has a leg brace on and is moving very slowly, but still moving on. Must be a bit unnerving having the ambulance follow you (that would probably be me if I even made it to the half way point). A relative of mine is a paramedic and he says he hates working these running events because by the time the runners give up they are in bad shape, often covered in #1 and even #2.