Chicago Marathon: Runners Share Their Side of the Story

Posted by Filed Under: Marathons, Races & Racing

Thanks everyone for your comments on my Chicago Marathon: Defending… post. It seems a lot of us were thinking the same thing.

After posting the article, I started seeing other blog posts written by people who had taken part in, or who were spectators at the Chicago Marathon, and it gave me an idea to collect Chicago Marathon story links and put them into a post.

So, if you:

  1. participated in the Chicago Marathon and wrote about it on a blog or forum (or know someone who did),
  2. were at the Chicago Marathon as a spectator and wrote about it (or know someone who did), or
  3. can point our readers to video footage (YouTube, Google Video etc)

Please leave me a comment making sure to include any links you’d like to share and then check back as I take all those links and add them to the body of this post.

The Chicago Marathon obviously has some big media (like the Chicago Tribune) in their corner. Let’s make this a jumping off point where people can learn about the other side – your side of the story. I’ll start things out below.

Chicago Marathon Stories

  1. The first story is on Tim’s blog
  2. Running Jayhawk shares her story here
  3. Thank you to CRN reader Dan for pointing us to Shump’s Chicago Story
  4. Anderson Runner wrote to tell us about his/her experience as a volunteer at one of the Chicago Marathon water stations. Thank you Anderson Runner!
  5. Mike shares his not so happy story here
  6. A spectator view from Mouse and Dice
  7. Check out Jul’s story here
  8. Here is The Hall’s experience
  9. Doug says he was ahead of the chaos and shares his story here

About Mark Iocchelli

Also known as the "Running Blogfather", I'm a 40-something marathoner who has beaten stress fractures and terrible shin splints. Now I'm running double the mileage with no pain - and I'm getting faster. I love to talk about running form and Arthur Lydiard. I also enjoy taking photographs, have a beautiful (and very patient!) wife, and am the proud father of two crazy kids. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments about the site.

  1. Dan on October 15th at 7:59 am

    I was not at the event but I will give you a blogger that I follow that was.


  2. crossn81 on October 15th at 9:00 am

    I volunteered at the infamous Aid Station #2. We were the first station to run out of fluids.

    At the bottom of my post is a list of links I compiled.

  3. Mike on October 15th at 11:04 am

    I ran/walked the marathon and finished it. It was not fun.

  4. Running Jayhawk on October 15th at 2:34 pm

    Mouse and Dice were out in force as spectators. They came to my rescue twice (as well as the rescue of Great Lakes Running Gal and Out Of Shape Guy).*ck-sag-wagon.html

    Just take the * out and replace with a “u.” (This is my attempt at being family friendly) 🙂

  5. Juls on October 15th at 3:07 pm

    I ran. My race report is here

    I also have a couple of posts pre and post race.

  6. Doug on October 16th at 4:20 pm

    I ran Chicago last weekend, and came out alive. I was blissfully unaware of the chaos in the back while I was running, but you can find my race report at:

  7. The Hall on October 17th at 12:26 pm

    I ran it, and luckily avoided most of the chaos:

  8. Kevin Green on October 18th at 6:03 pm

    I finished!

    Although the weather was ridiculously hot and humid – I finished. Although my time was two hours behind what I was hoping for – I finished. Although I suffered injuries to both knees and could barely walk after mile 19 – I finished. Although I had numerous opportunities to quit – I finished.

    In summary, the marathon pretty much sucked – but, I finished.

    See you next year,

  9. YaYa on October 18th at 9:57 pm

    I was at the Chicago Marathon to cheer for my Mom. My story is here.