How to Make the Most of the Chicago Marathon

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Some of the lead runners at the Chicago Marathon in 2015.

Some of the lead runners at the Chicago Marathon in 2015.

Runners know the Chicago Marathon as one of the greatest marathons in the world. With about 40,000 participants, it’s one of the largest races and its flat course can make for fast times.

As someone who has run the Chicago Marathon a number of times and prepared more than 500 runners for the race – including a group of 150 that I will be coaching this Sunday – I know there are a few things that set seasoned Chicago Marathon veterans apart from those who haven’t run the race. Here are some tips to give you the inside track:

1. Arrive early.

Getting into the starting area in Grant Park has always taken some time. You’ll be navigating throngs of people, covering a lot of ground and dealing with many closed streets that can wreak havoc on your travel plans. Since the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, race officials have significantly heightened security at the start area. You’ll now need to undergo a security screening in order to get into Grant Park, so give yourself an extra half hour on top of the time it takes you to get to the park.

2. Follow gear check instructions carefully.

Listen to race organizers about the types of bags you can use for gear check, and make sure you only bring what will fit in your bag. Most races, including the Chicago Marathon, provide clear plastic bags for gear check to make security screening quicker. This means that they may not allow you to bring your own backpack or another opaque bag.

3. Ensure you’re in the correct start corral.

Start corrals are assigned according to your estimated finishing time, with the fastest runners starting first. The Chicago Marathon is strict on ensuring that people only go into their assigned corrals. If you feel you need to change your corral assignment, contact the race organizers ahead of time or ask an official at the Race Expo. No changes will be allowed on race morning in Grant Park.

4. Keep your pace steady during turns.

The first few miles of the Chicago Marathon course include many right and left turns. The crowd will tend to slow down as it approaches these corners and then speed back up after them. This changing speed can be quite fatiguing, making the first few miles feel like an interval workout. Focus on keeping an even pace, and move to the outside if that’s not possible.
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Broadcasts — 2012 Chicago Marathon TV & Radio Broadcast Information #ChiMarathon

running-advice-bugThe Bank of America Chicago Marathon (#ChiMarathon) is coming up this weekend on Saturday, October 7th 2012! As one of the world’s largest marathons, you may want to tune in to watch the action. Here’s what you need to know to catch the broadcast.

Television and On-line Coverage
NBC 5 Chicago — NBC 5 Chicago will provide complete live TV and on-line coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on race day from 7:00AM-11:00AM Central time. The web address of NBC Chicago is www.nbcchicago.com.

Radio
670 The Score — 670 The Score will provide complete radio coverage of the race from 7:00AM-11:00AM Central time on race day.

Race Start Information
The race will start at the following times. All times Central time.
Marathon Wheelchair Start — 7:20AM
Marathon Handcycle Start — 7:21AM
Wave 1 (includes elite men and women) — 7:30AM
Wave 2 — 8:00AM

Good luck to all of the runners out there. Enjoy the race.

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Broadcasts — 2011 Chicago Marathon Broadcast Information

running-advice-bugThe Bank of America Chicago Marathon will be held on October 9th, 2011. The event will include a stellar field, including Ryan Hall in the men’s race. The event will be broadcast live locally in Chicago and over the Internet nationwide.

Race Date: October 9th, 2011
Wheelchair Race Start: 7:20AM CDT
Marathon Race Start: 7:30AM CDT

Television Coverage: NBC 5 Chicago
On-line Coverage: www.nbcchicago.com
Coverage Times: 7:00AM-11:00AM US Central Daylight Time

Radio Coverage: AM 670 The Score Sports Radio
Coverage Times: 7:00AM-11:00AM US Central Daylight Time

Main Marathon Web-site: www.chicagomarathon.com

Source: Chicago Marathon
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Races — Chicago Marathon Looks to be one of Year’s Fastest

running-advice-bugCHICAGO — The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is coming this weekend and will include an impressive elite field —including several national record holders—who will match strides against Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, America’s Ryan Hall, and Kenya’s Moses Mosop on the flat and fast streets of Chicago on October 9.

With the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games less than a year away, the 34th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon continues to shape up as a pivotal world-class competition for athletes vying for Olympic team berths. This includes an exclusive opportunity for American wheelchair racers to compete for four (top two men and women) automatic qualifying spots for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team.

“This year’s elite field is one of the most internationally diverse and talented that we have ever hosted at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, with the top athletes in the world hailing from six continents—North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia”, said Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski.

Bidding for her third straight Bank of America Chicago Marathon title, Shobukhova, the Russian record holder in the marathon, will face perhaps her fiercest competition from Kayoko Fukushi, the Japanese recorder holder in the 3,000 meters (8:44.40), 5,000 meters (14:53.22) and halfmarathon (1:07:26), who will be looking to add the national marathon record to her impressive list of accomplishments. Fukushi, a two-time Olympian, struggled in her highly anticipated marathon debut at Osaka in 2008, but aims to fulfill her marathon promise in her second attempt at the distance.
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Broadcasts — 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon

running-advice-bugThe Bank of America 2010 Chicago Marathon is coming up Sunday morning October 10th, 2010 and the event will be televised locally and broadcast over the Internet globally.

This could be one of the strongest fields in years in Chicago. Included in the field is last year’s winner and course recorder holder (and Olympic Champion) Sammy Wanjiru. There are six men in the field that have run under 2:07:00, so under the right conditions, this should be a very fast race. You can read a recap of the Men’s Field and a recap of the Women’s Field at on Universal Sports.

Here is all of the information that you’ll need to watch the race, depending upon whether you live in Chicago or elsewhere.

Global Internet Coverage
Watch the marathon live online! NBCChicago.com will stream the entire Bank of America Chicago Marathon online, complete with on-air commentary and mile-by-mile analysis. On race day, Oct. 10th, go to NBCChicago.com.

The webcast will air from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time and then will be available on-demand afterward at universalsports.com.

Local Television Coverage — NBC 5 Chicago
NBC CHICAGO will provide complete LIVE TV coverage of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. central time, Sunday, October 10th.

Local Radio Coverage — The Score Sportsradio 670 AM
On race day, The Score Sportsradio 670 AM will cover the race live. Tune into 670 AM to catch the live broadcast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Check back here for coverage of the race at Running Advice and News!

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Races — Wanjiru sets course record in Chicago, misses world mark

running-advice-bugCHICAGO — Young Kenyan runner Sammy Wanjiru had hoped to set a World Record in the marathon this weekend. In winning the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, he ran both the fastest time ever on American soil and set a Chicago Marathon course record, but he missed the world mark over a minute and a half.

On a cold morning–33 degrees at the 7:30 start–many of the runners complained that the temperatures were too low to generate a world mark and they were correct. The 22 year-old Olympic gold medalist at the Beijing Games won the race in 2:05:41.

Wanjiru barely set the course record, beating the previous mark by only one second. The old mark of 2:05:42 was set by Khalid Khannouchi in 1999 and was a world record at that time. The current world mark of 2:03:59 was set by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie in Berlin on Sept. 28, 2008.

Wanjiru was tracking close to world record pace through the first half. He passed the 13.1 mile mark at 1:02:01, putting him 4 seconds behind world record pace if he had kept it up through the second half. He dropped fellow Kenyans Vincent Kipruto and Charles Munyeki at the 35KM mark, which he passed at 1:43:58. He missed the world record (2:03:59) by one minute and forty-two seconds — which is about 17th on the list of history’s fastest times. Wanjiru’s personal best is 2:05:10, set at the 2008 London Marathon.
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Broadcasts — 2009 Chicago Marathon Television and Internet Coverage

running-advice-bugThe Bank of America 2009 Chicago Marathon is coming up Sunday morning October 11th, 2009 and the event will be televised locally and broadcast over the Internet globally. This is your chance to watch the race unfold with a possible world record attempt coming from Olympic Champion Sammy Wanjiru.

Here is all of the information that you’ll need to watch the race, depending upon whether you live in Chicago or elsewhere.

Global Internet Coverage
The race will be broadcast live on the Internet and then available on-demand from the Universal Sports Network. The live webcast will air from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time and then will be available on-demand afterward at universalsports.com. The race webcast will be available to entire world.

Local Television Coverage — NBC 5 Chicago
NBC 5 Chicago coverage begins at 6:30 a.m. Central Time with a special Chicago Marathon themed edition of “The Talk” followed by live on-air and on-line coverage of the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Central Time.

Local Radio Coverage — The Score Sportsradio 670 AM
On race day, The Score Sportsradio 670 AM will cover the race live. Tune into 670 AM to catch the live broadcast from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The Score Sportsradio 670 AM will also feature two Marathon Preview Shows in advance of race day on Saturday, Sept. 26th 2009 from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. and Saturday, Oct. 3rd 2009 – 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.

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Racing — Wanjiru, Grigoryeva to compete in Chicago Marathon 2009

running-advice-bugCHICAGO, IL — 2008 Olympic Marathon gold medalist Sammy Wanjiru (KEN) has announced he will make his first U.S. appearance at the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in an attempt to better his current personal marathon record (2:05:10). Wanjiru has run two sub-2:06 marathons in his first four marathon starts.

[For information on the television and Internet broadcast of the 2009 Chicago Marathon, click here.]

“My plan for the fall is to lower my personal record and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon course offers the best opportunity for me to achieve that this year,” said Wanjiru from Kenya. “My only focus between now and October is to prepare and train aggressively for my best performance yet.”

Wanjiru has quickly made a name for himself in the world of distance running, first capturing the half marathon world record in 2005, lowering it in 2007 and winning three of the four marathons in which he has competed. His Olympic gold medal performance last summer in Beijing was the first ever for a Kenyan athlete in the marathon and marked his first World Marathon Majors (WMM) victory. This spring, he captured a second consecutive WMM win with his fastest time yet at the 2009 London Marathon (2:05:10).

“Sammy is certainly the athlete to watch in this sport right now and we are honored to be able to host him at such a pivotal point in his career,” said Carey Pinkowski, Executive Race Director for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. “We have had the pleasure of witnessing four previous world records in Chicago and if conditions are right, the enthusiastic sports fans in this city could have the opportunity to see that again.”
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Races — Kastor to run Chicago Marathon; hopes for sub-2:18:00 performance

Deena Kastor at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

Deena Kastor at the 2008 US Olympic Trials

CHICAGO – U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor today announced that she will compete in the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, her first appearance in the distance since injury forced her to withdraw in the third mile of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon.

A bronze medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon, Kastor has her eyes set on a return to the distance with a strong performance in the Oct. 11 race and is aiming to lower the American Record in the marathon by running sub-2:18:00 in the race.

“The terrible timing of my injury in last year’s Olympic Games left me with a hunger to perform well on the world stage,” said Kastor from Chicago. “I am thrilled to have chosen the Bank of America Chicago Marathon for my return to the distance I love so much. Chicago holds a special place in my heart and my greatest hope is to run a personal best there.”
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Races: Evans Cheruiyot, Lidiya Grigoryeva win 2008 Chicago Marathon

Evans Cheruiyot wins 2008 Chicago Marathon

Evans Cheruiyot wins 2008 Chicago Marathon

CHICAGO — In now all too familiar warm conditions for Fall in Chicago, Keyan Evans Cheruiyot and Russian Lidiya Grigoryeva pulled ahead of their competitors to win the 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Last year’s Chicago Marathon was marred by unseasonably hot and humid weather that forced the race to be halted after about four hours. Today’s race, while seeing very warm conditions, did not produce the same kind of dramatic heat-related problems as last year’s. The temperature was about 65 degrees at the start and rose to 84 degrees as the 33,000 runners and walkers made their way through the Chicago.

At the front of the race, a pair of Kenyan runners in Evans Cheruiyot and David Mandango pulled away from their competition and then dueled for the overall victory. Despite the temperature, Cheruiyot won the race in a scorching 2:06:25, after dropping Mandango at about mile 24. Mandango finished in 2:07:37. Third place went to another Kenyan Timothy Cherigat in 2:11:39.

Evans Cheruiyot is not to be confused with Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, the 2007 World Marathon Major’s Champion and four time Boston Marathon champion.
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