So . . . what do you know about Marathons?
Some quick facts :
The race is 26.2 miles long . . . more like 27 miles. Who can stop on a dime at 26.2 miles?
There are PROFESSIONAL Marathon runners. They are called the ELITE. Elite Men can run the race is about 2 hours. Elite Women can run the race in about 2 hours 30 minutes.
Many Marathon runners loose their toenails.
This year, The Chicago Marathon was capped at 45,000 runners.
This past week-end, 10-10-10, was the Chicago Marathon. First let me say, if you ever have a chance to see a Marathon, DO IT! You will be amazed at the dedication of the runners.
This is the second time that 2 of my children have run in the Marathon.
The first time I was able to see the beginning of the race. It starts with the wheelchair racers.
Then come the ELITE
This year, 2010, the first runner to cross the finish line was ELITE Runner, Sammy Wanjiru from Kenya. His time was 2:06:24. He also won in 2009. Liliya Shobukhova of Russia won the women's race with the time of 2:20:25, which is the new Russian Marathon Record.
Runners of Note:
Desiree Davila (USA) finished in fourth place and top American in 2:26:20, a significant personal best.
Joan Benoit Samuelson (USA), now 53, finished in 2:47:50. And Heinz Frei (SUI), now 52, set a new wheelchair course record, finishing in 1:26:56.
The reason I go to the Marathon . . . of course it is because my children are running. BUT ... it is VERY hard to find the 1 person you are looking for in the race. In fact, we have never seen our son running. I go for ALL the runners. I enjoy seeing them and cheering them on. I know that I could never do this and I APPLAUD all who make this commitment.