Bank of America Chicago Marathon – 10/9/16

Bank of America Chicago Marathon -- 10/9

Over 40,000 runners participated in the 39th Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday with ideal weather for the 26.2 mile run through the city. As part of the World Marathon Majors Series, the race draws athletes from all over the word; all 50 states (plus DC) and over 100 countries were represented in this years event.

The course was a perfect way to experience the neighborhoods of Chicago that allows locals and visitors alike to experience the sense of culture and diversity of the city. While runners pass through 29 neighborhoods in total, Lakeview, Pilsen, Chinatown and Old Town are a few favorites. Over 12,000 volunteers worked the entire day to make the event run smooth for racers. The perfect fall day also brought out over a million spectators along the course.

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Holly's running career began in high school; after being bummed about not making the volleyball team her sophomore year, she decided to join some of her middle school friends on the cross country team. She also did track in the fall, where the 1600 m race was her niche. Since then, she has run several shorter distance races and two half marathons. Her goal for 2017 is to try a triathlon, and eventually do the Chicago Marathon. She graduated from Illinois State University in May 2016 with a degree in journalism. Working at Chicago Athlete, Holly has been able to explore photography a lot more, which is one of her main hobbies. She enjoys taking photos at endurance races, and is also passionate about nature photography and portraiture.


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