On Monday hundreds of Chicagoans will join runners from all over the world for the historic running of the Boston Marathon. With emotions higher than ever after the tragedy at the finish line last year, all eyes will be on the impressive performances turned in by everyone who takes to the Boston streets.
Chicagoans will begin heading to the east coast this weekend as they prepare for the marathon. Many of them have been training with groups specifically designed to handle the hilly course and mid-day heat of the Boston Marathon. Even more people will be watching their friends and loved ones who are on the course. While nearly every news outlet in the country will have some sort of presence at the marathon, the race will once again be aired on the Universal Sports Network, It will also be handling all of the pre- and post-race events. Those away from a television during the Monday race can stream it live online.
The vast majority of runners will start their race at 9 a.m. Central Daylight Time or later. Boston is one of the few races that staggers its elites by having the women start first at 8:32 a.m. CDT and the men a half hour later. For more information on the details surrounding the Boston Marathon, visit their website at baa.org.
Here in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs a handful of stores and groups will be doing their part to enjoy all that is the Boston Marathon. Employees at both Naperville Running Company stores will be wearing their Boston gear either from past years running it or the shirts from the fundraisers they did following last year’s marathon. Additionally they will have the whole race playing on their TVS throughout the day. One of CARAs group leaders will be organizing a fun run so runners who couldn’t make the trip out to Boston will still have the opportunity to get their run in, and he will even include some hills so the runners get the true Boston feel. The run will kick off at 6 a.m. at Montrose Harbor, all told it will be about a 5K Monday morning and anyone who is interested can join. Later in the day Fleet Feet will be hosting their regularly scheduled fun run in the evening but will also give runners the chance to watch any part of the marathon they may have missed during the day.