Sunday, October 11, 2009

2009 Chicago Marathon

Kenyan Sammy Wanjiru, the eventual marathon winner runs past 16th and S. Michigan Ave. to cheering crowds. Wanjiru set a new Chicago Marathon course record. His unofficial time stands at 2 hours 5 minutes and 40 seconds.

On a very cold morning that felt more like January than October, hundreds of spectators lined the streets around 16th and S. Michigan Ave. Always an exciting and dramatic place to watch the marathon, we were fortunate to time things just right and get Wanjiru’s photo as he ran toward victory.

While watching the elite runners go by, we’re reminded how grueling a marathon can be. One of the elite runners, stopped shortly and then started running in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts on the corner of 16th and S. Michigan. After a few moments, he started running again, to hopefully cross the finish line. Not too long after that runner took a break, a van with “Marathon Dropouts” emblazoned across its hood drove by with several runners sitting inside it. How disappointing to train for something for so long and then be branded a dropout!

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