Sunday, October 11, 1998

Chicago Marathon (Illinois)

October 11, 1998
Marathon 8, State #4 (Age 30)
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's dead population notoriously arises at opportune times; John F. Kennedy could have attested to that after the 1960  presidential election!  Not limited to Chicago politics, however, resurrection extends to Chicago sports - Michael Jordan, the Bulls, the 1998 Cubs, and the Chicago Marathon.  Sponsorship problems forced the cancellation of the 1987 race, but Chicago has regained its place as one of the country's top, big-city marathons; and if you like big cities, Chicago is a must.  The city of big shoulder's impressive architecture, skyline, lakefront, sports, entertainment, history, and culture make it a destination town par excellence.  Our fasted-rated race, Chicago's lighting course  (North American records for male and females have been established here)  tours numerous ethnic neighborhoods that most visitors never see.  With the exception of the disqualified women's winner from 1992, rarely will you hear a negative comment about the extremely well organized Chicago Marathon.  Alive and well, Chicago is your to enjoy.  [Craythorn and Hanna]

Taking runners through many of the city's most historic and diverse neighborhoods, the Chicago Marathon's loop course passes through Lincoln Park, Old Town, Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport and the Gap District.  [Craythorn and Hanna]

Every marathoner receives a race T-shirt, goody bag, official race results booklet and entry into the post-race party. Participants finishing under 5:30 receive medallions, results cards and finisher's certificates.  Age-group winners receive special prizes which are mailed soon after the event.  Elite runners compete for $350,000 in prize money.