Killer Chicago Marathon

Posted: October 8, 2007 in chicago marathon, marathon news

One dead, 250 treated! That sums up the grueling 2007 Chicago marathon. Race day temperatures on Sunday broke the record for both starting temperature and high temperature, which were 70 degrees and 84 degrees F set in 1979.”That’s a record we’re not really that excited about,” Race Director, Pinkowski had told the media on Saturday during another press conference held to brief the media This years Chicago Marathon will remind you that running a marathons is not a fun run. It is a brutal journey that does damage to the body. In my article is marathon running good for you? I wrote how marathons can do damage if you don’t do your marathon training.  Marathons have gone mainstream and more people are running 42K.  Finishing times have gotten slower and slower over the years, which means many of the runners in these mega-events are often inexperienced and don’t know their bodies or their limits.  In the 2007 Chicago Marathon about 10,000 runners of the registered 45,000 runners opted not to start. It must have been a difficult decision for these runners to opt out even before the marathon begun. This is not giving up but knowing your limits. Of the remaining 35,000 starters, 10,934  did not finish. While only 4,000 runners were able to finish in under 3 hours 30 minutes.  Paul Gardiner, a runner from England, said the weather made for a “brutal” run.

“We were at about 18 miles and we heard they canceled it and that kind of sent a little bit of concern through the crowd,” he said. “It’s just it’s impossible to run.”

The 88-degree heat and sweltering humidity were so draining that organizers shut down the second half of the course 3 1/2 hours after the start. “We’re seeing a lot of our participants slowing,” said Pinkowski, before the decision to stop the race was made. 

My Heart and Prayers go to the family of Chad Schieber, 35, of Midland, Michigan. He collapsed while running on the South Side and was pronounced dead shortly. Chad was one of us, a marathon runner like you and me. 

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