The Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon

The Chicago Marathon

( 234 reviews )
99% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Chicago,
    United States
  • October
  • 3 miles/5K, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
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Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
8 34
"Redemption from 2009"
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Tim 's thoughts:


Yup. I am going to do it. The security was a little bit overkill. The security caused the finish line area to be dead as people are about to accomplish a huge life event because the common folk couldn't watch once the sponsors and ticketed guests got bored of watching the 3 and 4 hour marathoners. I felt like a mouse in a maze on the way to the race start thanks to any green space outside of Buckingham Fountain and Butler Field. The determined access points and the long lines for gear checkpoints made getting into the race and then finding people after the race a little bit of a pain. Of course I say this because nothing did happen. I felt just as safe as I usually do during a marathon. It's something I just don't think about until something like that happens. I thank the Chicago Police, Monterrey Security, and everyone else for their efforts to keep us and the spectators safe. Their presence was definitely felt as I was walking around afterwards looking for my wife and parents before we watched the rest of our crew run. It's just a shame because security is why these races are getting expensive and unless there are definite statistics pointing to what they prevented, I will probably always think less is more.

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