In normal years, the temperatures in Chicago are absolutely glorious in May, June, and September. These months are among the best times to come visit Chicago and to see all of the vibrant diversity that the city has to offer. (Did I mention the great deep dish pizza?)
And... what better way to experience Chicago than to run 13.1 miles in June along its gorgeous lakefront and through some of its most historical neighborhoods?!?
Allstate Life Insurance Chicago 13.1 Marathon is giving away a FREE half marathon registration to one lucky reader!
Date: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Time: 7:13 AM CST
Start and Finish Location: Chicago South Shore Cultural Center (7059 S. Shore Drive)
Course: Download a map here
By the way - the South Shore Cultural Center is where Barack Obama and Michelle Obama held their wedding reception in 1992! It's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is recognized as a Chicago Landmark.
Other course highlights, besides of course the stunning lakefront and skyline views, is that it runs through Jackson Park, home of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, and passes the Museum of Science & Industry, the only original building remaining from the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The course is walker-friendly, too, so you don't even have to be a hard-core runner to participate. The only thing missing is deep dish pizza.
Oh, but wait! In previous years they even served Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza at the post-race party! How's that for a great Chicago experience? Here's hoping (and praying!) that they have pizza again this year!!!
|Come see this view of my hometown in person!
The giveaway is open through Friday, March 23 and all readers are welcome to enter. I will use random.org to select the winner and I will announce the winner over the weekend!