Although - as you must certainly know- I'm usually, um, the last person to tout my accomplishments, this weekend is an exception with Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. After a year of grueling physical training (with the best coach ever!!), hours and hours of intense mind focusing, and unfathomable sacrifice and support from my family and friends (thank you, everyone!!), I am now ready to cheer on the runners at the Chicago Marathon.
With our house landlocked in the route - runners go past one side of the block and circle back on the other, we have no choice but to wake up early, face our fears, and go out to support the participants in the run. Usually, I bring my dog Astro (on a leash, of course) and hold a cup of coffee. This, in of itself, is no easy task; I have to make sure that Astro stays on leash and that I don’t spill my coffee! Not fun!
But then add cheering the runners on. It takes a lot of focus and stamina to scream encouragement from the sidelines. With my sister Deena and brother-in-law Keith (among many others I know) making a much-anticipated return engagement as marathoners, I have the added task of tracking their run and making sure we are there cheering: “Go Deena! Go Keith! You’re doing great!” And this year - with the training under my belt - I’ve decided to add: “Keep it up! Looking good! You’ve got this!!”
The Chicago Marathon has proven to be one of Chicago’s most treasured and glorious events, and I can’t wait to participate in my own special way - and I hope you will too. Just make sure that it includes finding and cheering on Deena and Keith and everyone else.
Have a great weekend!
Whether you’re ready to race or just being one of the 1.7 million (!!!) of the cheering throngs, you can catch the Bank of America Chicago Marathon all across the city this Sunday.
This elite athletic event - the second largest in the world (NYC) - is one of the most prestigious marathons in the world, and is one of the six World Marathon Majors. Watch 45,000 (!!!) amateur and elite athletes from all 50 states (!!!) and from over 100 countries (!!!) around the world race through 29 of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, which come out in full force to cheer on the runner.
Fall’s cool breezes will celebrate the glorious grape when, for the sixth year, the annual wine happening that is Lincoln Park Wine Fest transforms tranquil Jonquil Park into an open-air market featuring wine and food pavilions. The highlight is ticketed wine tastings where scores of varietals will be showcased.
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