On Sunday morning October 13th Over 35,000 runners will gather at the starting line for the 2013 Chicago Marathon. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the race, which began as the Mayor Daley Marathon in 1977. Today its size and scope have helped make the race one of the top 6 marathons in the world.
History of Marathon Running
The Marathon, a 26.2-mile distance running event is one of the most well known feats of endurance in the world. Though the race has gained significant popularity during the 20th century, its origins go back to ancient Greece. The race actually gets its name from the battle of Marathon when a Greek messenger supposedly ran 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce that the battle was a victory.
Marathon running as an amateur sport has grown drastically in popularity over the last 30 years. In 2010 over half a million Americans ran in a Marathon and that number will likely increase!
Fun Facts about the Chicago Marathon
Besides the start and finish lines, there are various viewing points along the course for spectators to watch the race from. There is a comprehensive map and spectator guide available at Chicagomarathon.com. There will also be entertainment and music along the course, including food stands, block parties and race merchandise. Runners will begin hitting the finish line around 2 hours and 5 minutes and the last ones in should take around 6 hours.
Running for Charity
The Chicago Marathon has a charitable aspect to it. An increasing number of people have run the marathon to raise funds for a specific cause since 2002. Last year 10,192 Charity runners raised over 13 million dollars! Two recipients major recipients of the funds were the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as the Children’s Memorial Hospital.
If you’re in Chicago the weekend of the 13th there is no doubt you’ll probably see a few more joggers on the sidewalk. If you’ve never attended a marathon before it can be awe inspiring to see 40,000 people running at the same time, definitely a worthwhile event to check out!
Date: Oct. 13th 2013
WHERE TO STAY
City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. Offers complimentary breakfast and afternoon cookies. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657. 773.404.3400
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.
The Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.