I have several friends running the Chicago Marathon in the morning. For some of them, it is their first marathon. For others, it is their third or fourth or fifteenth. No matter what the number, it is a special thing. It is the culmination of months of early morning and long runs and hard work and perseverance.
To all of my friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and even the tens of thousands of runners who I have never met but will be running 26.2 miles through the streets of this city I call home, I hope you have an amazing race!