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|2015 Chicago Marathon|
Date: October 11th, 2015
Time: 3:38:27 (8:20 pace)
I ran the 2015 Chicago Marathon. This was a great race. It was also the biggest race I have ever participated in. According to this Competitor.com article, 45,000 runners were selected in the lottery out of 70,000 applicants. Of these, 37,182 finished the race. I was the 5770th of these to cross the finish line. Yet despite the sheer number of runners, everything went smoothly, maybe with the only wrinkle being the long time required to get to the expo. The weather cooperated, and it was in low 50s and sunny for most of the race. This was perhaps bit above ideal marathon conditions, but the tall buildings provided nice shade, and it didn't feel too hot. I was just glad we didn't get to experience the infamous Chicago wind!
I very much enjoyed the course. It's flat, but not boring like Shamrock. There were spectators along for most of the way. Also, since we were running through a city, it was easy to occupy your mind over the 26 miles. I ran this marathon with my water bottle like in Richmond, and it again worked out well. I also ate a lot of gels, some 10 in total. It helped a ton, and I didn't bonk at all in this race. I was actually able to pick up the pace around mile 22, and even run around 7:30 for a bit.
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