WOW! CHECK OUT WHO’S RUNNING THE 40th CHICAGO MARATHON
This Competitor.com article tells us who has signed on to run the October 8, 2017 race.
Olympic runners Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp are headliners! Another reason to line up along the sidelines as a spectator if you’re not running, is that the legendary Joan Benoit Samuelson will compete and hope to set an age group world record. Benoit Samuelson rewarded the host-country Americans by finishing first in the first Women’s Olympic Marathon race in Los Angeles in 1984 and taking the gold medal.
It will be crowded on the course and off. The article says the race hosts more than 40,000 competitors and is estimated to draw about 1.7 million spectators.
The history of marathon racing in Chicago is provided in a Wikipedia entry. Although this year’s race is billed as the 40th, it’s considered part of the “modern” era marathons in the city that began in 1977. The first Chicago Marathon was held in 1905, with 20 registered runners. Fifteen ran the race and only 7 finished!
Want to get involved in the excitement as a participant?
The possibility for a marathon registration is non-existent for 2017. Registration opened October 25 and closed November 29, 2017. According to an earlier Competitor.com article there was a system of guaranteed entry options as well as a non-guaranteed entry drawing that opened November 1. Runners in the drawing were to be notified of their status on December 13. Keep this in mind if you become inspired to enter the 2018 race.
There’s a 5K race for which registration remains open as of the time this post was written. Finding hotel accommodations will be a challenge, however. Staying with friends or family in the area could be the wisest option. Available rooms might be found farther outside the city, which requires securing transportation to the start area well in advance of race time.
Wisest advice for spectating or running any of the events in 2018:: begin planning very early!
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