One of the most popular marathons in the world takes place this weekend right here in our own back yard. Along with Boston, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo, the Chicago Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors. Competitors love it for the flat terrain and fast course which makes it a great race to go for a personal best or a world record. Last year 37,455 runners participated with an average finish time of 4 hours, 32 minutes.
The 26.2 mile loop course begins and ends in Grant Park and winds its way through 29 city neighborhoods in between. We have special reason to cheer this year because road trip partner Emily is running the race. Good luck Emily! There may be a high kick or two from the sidelines.
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