Dear readers: this is a post from 2009 – I haven’t had the chance to check the route for this year, but it’s generally pretty close. Enjoy the marathon, and best of luck to all of you running!
Do you want to be the best Chicago Marathon family or friend ever to cheer? Do you want to see your runner 5 times on the course? Do you want to navigate traffic like a pro, and be there to support your runner? You’ve come to the right place.
About 8 years ago, a friend of mine (who shall herewith only be known as “Morty”) decided to run the Chicago marathon. Because I am a planner, my friends and I were obsessed with seeing her as many times as possible on the course.
We examined train routes. We had done that before. We examined car routes. We had done the hideous traffic before, too.
We knew that to be successful, we had to map out the route, in a car, taking into consideration where the Course went, which streets would be closed, and how much time we’d have to maneuver between locations. We didn’t know it then, but that route would hold true for the next 7 years.
Now, I’m sharing my inside tricks with you. The Bank of America people publish a lovely Spectator Guide. If you’re a casual fan, or just want to see your person once or twice on the course, this will work for you.
But if you’re a SUPERFAN, then maybe you’ll want this Guide. It allows you to see the runners at Mile 4, 10.75, 16, 22ish, and 23ish. If you use this one, you’re going to miss the start, and the finish. Adjust it as you see fit. But I gaurantee you’ll have a great day, and your runner will know how much you support them.
I’ll see you out there! Questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .