Friday September 23, 2016
Trying to bet on the winner of a marathon is no easy task. You might be lucky, but on the other hand there is always plenty of competition. This year, the Chicago Marathon will take place on Sunday 9th October. The venue will be Grant Park and there will be five different starting times, depending on who is taking part in which race.
For instance, the wheelchair race will begin first at the early time of 7.20am, followed by the handcycle start just two minutes later. The next start comes at 7.23am, when the athletes with disabilities will set off. The main entrants then begin their marathon efforts in two waves. The first one starts at 7.30am while the second follows half an hour later. From there, everyone begins their own personal journey to the finish line.
But what about the course? Well, Chicago offers a very flat course which is good news for anyone who hates running up hills! The route starts in Grant Park but it will finish there too, after taking in a wide selection of sights along the way. Early on, competitors will run through Grand Avenue and State Street, before heading north towards the Old Town Triangle.
After reaching Addison Street, the route turns left and left again to head back south. It then takes on a zig-zagging route to veer away from the early parallel with the first part of the route. This involves several river crossings, a trip close to University Village and finally a route into Chinatown. By the time the runners reach 35th Street, their legs will be tiring and they will be approaching the 24th mile of the route. As they turn back north, they will be heading towards the Prairie District and Central Station, as the finish line gets ever closer.
Heading back into Grant Park will be a very welcoming experience by this point. No matter who you might support or place a bet on, you can be sure a lot of personal bets will be made on whether people will manage to finish or not. Who will you back in this year’s Chicago Marathon?