Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Course Record for Chicago Marathon, First-time Marathon Wins at Lakefront

Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede broke the course record in Sunday's Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:04:38.  Read The Science of Sport blogger Ross Tucker's indepth analysis of the entire marathon here.

Up in Milwaukee, area local Paul Zdroik won his first marathon in the time of 2:27:09, and on the women's side, Jacqui Giuliano did the same, with a winning time of 2:55:07.  Tom Held provides an excellent report on the Lakefront Marathon here.

I roamed around enjoying the marathon atmosphere down at the last couple miles and finish of Lakefront, taking lots of photos:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Marathons Tomorrow - Chicago and Milwaukee's Lakefront

Two great marathons tomorrow morning--the prestigious Chicago Marathon and Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon was first run 35 years ago and was called the Mayor Daley Marathon.  From about 4,200 runners that year, the marathon has grown to approximately 45,000 participants in this year's event, with some 1.7 million spectators expected to watch along the streets of downtown Chicago.

Elite athletes to watch are:
  • On the women's side, Liliya Shobukhova from Russia, winner of the last three Chicago Marathons,
  • Men's Boston Marathon champ, Kenyan Wesley Korir, and
  • Tsegaye Kebede from Ethiopia

Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon, which I ran back in 2003, is a really nice little marathon.  It start north of the city in Grafton at the local high school and eventually runs down the Lake Michigan lakefront ending up at Veteran's Park right on the lake.  Interesting news items from Lakefront's website can be found here

It will be a little chilly for both marathons tomorrow, high temp forecast for Chicago is 54 degrees while Milwaukee only 51 degrees.

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