Half marathon Chicago: Bank of America race highlighted historic West Side sites

Half marathon Chicago: Bank of America race highlighted historic West Side sites

CHICAGO (TOC) — Chicago’s latest half marathon was Sunday.

The Financial institution of America Chicago 13.1 race began at 7 a.m. in Garfield Park on the West Facet of the town.

In accordance with marathon officers, about 5,000 runners have been registered for Sunday’s run.

Main the best way on a course beginning and ending in Garfield Park was a subject of proficient elite athletes, together with three-time Financial institution of America Chicago Marathon champion Daniel Romanchuk and former Olympian Diane Nukuri.

The flat route took runners by historic parks and boulevards on Chicago’s West Facet.

Road closures spanned from Douglass Park all the best way as much as Humboldt Park. The beginning and end line was close to Warren Boulevard and Washington Road.

A competition adopted the race in Garfield Park beginning at 8 a.m., that includes leisure and well being and wellness actions.

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Race organizers have been excited to have this occur on the West Facet.

“What makes it actually thrilling is that it actually takes us away from the place most half marathons are, which is on the lakefront or downtown, and it brings us to the West Facet, and I believe that is actually nice,” mentioned Jess Vergara, with Viento Little Village Runners Membership.

Financial institution of America Chicago President Rita Cook dinner echoed Vergara’s sentiment.

“We do not at all times see runs occur on the West Facet or the South Facet. So to have the ability to convey a race to the West Facet of Chicago to enrich what we do downtown is absolutely superb,” Cook dinner mentioned.

Each the lads’s and girls’s winners have been from out-of-state.

“The goal to come back right here was to compete, don’t fret about time and simply execute, making an attempt to win, and actually happy with how at present went,” males’s winner John Dressel mentioned. “It was very nice; the course was nice. You by no means received bored within the course as a result of there have been some turns and stuff.”

The half marathon introduced folks from all walks of life.

“It is simply enjoyable. It is truthfully like pushing your physique and testing your limits. And it’s very sort 2 enjoyable. And within the second, you are like, ‘oh, my gosh, this completely sucks.’ After the actual fact, it is so enjoyable, and also you simply hold coming again,” ladies’s winner Carrie Verdon mentioned.

The runners practiced for months to tackle the 13.1 miles, and the highest finishers accomplished it in simply over an hour.

“100-mile weeks, altitude, let the blood do its factor up at altitude — numerous work goes into operating 13.1 miles,” Dressel mentioned.

For extra info on the half marathon, click on right here.

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