What was your favorite moment of the 40th Annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon?
Mandi Florip: My favorite part of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon was the incredible support from my family and friends, Nike team members, race spectators, course volunteers and the City of Chicago. Every mile of the course was filled with cheers, smiles and encouragement that made my adrenaline surge.
Denise Sauriol: I got to run with my first timer, Max. He is 81 years young! What I love about Max is that regardless of his age and what is the norm in our society, he decided to do something he had never done before. The crowd cheered “Go Max Go,” the whole way and he had this smile on his face like a little kid at their own birthday party. He of course is already talking about getting faster (like a typical first timer, right?)
Kristan Heunink: When it’s too hot to actually “race” the Chicago Marathon, you set goal times and pace aside and find joy in mid-race donuts, Jello-shots, sweaty hugs and sharing the experience with the first-time marathoners you coached. The best part of running my 20th marathon and 8th Chicago marathon was running portions of the race alongside some of the first-time marathoners that I coached this summer. Their excitement was infectious and refreshing—it was like experiencing my first marathon all over again!
Jeff Jameson: My husband and sister-in-law took the train all over the city to cheer me on at different points throughout the race. My favorite moment was seeing my husband screaming and cheering for me just before the 800m to go sign. It gave me a much needed burst of energy to run up that final hill and finish the last half mile strong and fast. His encouragement at the end helped me set a new PR and run my first sub-3-hour marathon!