Nearly 1,200 runners gathered in Schaumburg this Sunday to run the Chicagoland Spring Marathon/Half Marathon, organized by All Community Events early Sunday morning.
The stormy weather forecast scared away a number of participants, but 879 runners completed half marathon distance, while 307 runners completed 26.2 miles.
All Community Events offers a convenient packet mailing option at additional cost ($9.99), as well as race day pick up starting at 6:15 a.m. Packet pick up was also available at Dick Pond Athletics in Hoffman Estates both on Thursday and Friday. Having so many options makes this race really accessible to suburban and city athletes alike.
The night before the race, All Community Events sent out an email encouraging marathon participants to consider switching to the half marathon due to the predicted storms. The organizer also announced a course change for the same reason; the marathon route was changed to two loops of the 13.1 route, which was mentally challenging for many runners.
Spring races in the Midwest often brings unpredictable weather. Maggie Tulin traveled all the way from Florida to run this race to qualify for Boston with her mother, and while I was whining about humidity, the weather didn’t stop her; she got her BQ, and placed third female overall.
Both races started at 7:05 as planned. The race course is mainly flat with a few hills. We ran both on streets and on a paved trail in the Busse Woods Forest Preserve. The steep bridge crossing 72 at mile 10.5 was a challenging hump for some runners.
Swag for the race was a black technical long sleeved quarter zip pullover. They only offered unisex sizing. After crossing the finish line, a medal was given as well as a bottle of water. Recovery food selections were limited: granola bars, cookies, and Wendy’s hamburgers.
This race always holds a special place in my heart because this was the race where I qualified for Boston.
1st Jeff Purdom 1:16:07
2nd Robert Duncan 1:20:50
3rd Rob Sweeney 1:22:26
1st Frederic Bacro 2:49:25
2nd Christopher Bailey 2:59:57
3rd Jesus Bucio 3:01:30