The Chicago Marathon for 2010 is set for Sunday, October 10, 2010. The course is 26.2 miles long. Participants in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon do not have to pass a qualifying time before they can run the race, such as the way the Boston Marathon works.
The 33rd Chicago Marathon is open to everyone. Although you have your running stars, such as last year’s winners Liliya Shobukhova and Sammy Wanjiru, and also Joan Benoit Samuelson, those participating in the most popular running event in Chicago become stars for the day as miles upon miles of people stand on the sidelines, cheering, clapping, waving signs and encouraging you on. At least 45,000 people are expected to run. Winners of the Chicago Marathon each will receive $75,000.
But this year is expected to be hot, in the 80’s, which is not an ideal weather condition for a marathon. At least five people have died running the Chicago Marathon and in 2007, 315 runners were hospitalized for heat stroke. This year, a new emergency alert system has been put in place, with color coding, to announce the conditions of the race. For example, green is for good conditions, but black means the race is canceled.
However, despite the emergency alert system, you need to be prepared. You should not run a marathon if you have not trained properly, and fluids are especially important in warm weather running. Know what to look for when it comes to heat exhaustion and heat stroke and have enough sense to stop running if you know you should.
Registration for the Chicago Marathon 2010 is closed. It is highly recommend that if you want to run in the 2011 Chicago Marathon that you register early. Your best bet is to watch the website and pay attention to when registration opens for 2011. In the meantime, practice for next year’s marathon by following a proven guide, such as the marathon training guide designed by professional runner Hal Higdon.
Katie Fraser, Marathon: We’re ready for heat, Chicago Sun Times
Paul A. Heckert, 2007 Chicago Marathon Fatality, Suite 101
Jolie du Pre, 45,000 Runners Prepare for the 2009 Chicago Marathon, Associated Content
Chicago Marathon: Big Crowds, Returning Champs, And Warm Weather Expected, Huffington Post
Bank of American Chicago Marathon website