This first video is a compilation of sights, sounds, and soul-burning images from the 2011 Chicago Marathon. I've watched this video about 5 times and every time I do, it brings tears to my eyes.
This second video goes through the entire Chicago Marathon course in about 7 minutes, listing all of the 29 neighborhoods that you pass through. It is breathtaking and it makes me very, very proud of the city's beauty and vibrant diversity. However, for a local city resident who knows the magnitude of the distances between all of these neighborhoods, it's also a little scary.
Here are some other pictures from the Chicago Marathon Expo:
|Participants could make a donation and sign a bottle that would contribute to this flag wall.|
|They were handing out these posters.|
|This is where the incredible videos from above were being shown.|
|The race shirt|
|Pace bands that they were handing out, which are in the form of a temporary tattoo. Love it!|
|They had all 45,000+ of the runners' names printed on one of the expo walls.|
|A splurge that I made. This is the front...|
|... and this is the back.|
There was so much energy in the air. What was also awesome was seeing the diversity of the runners at the expo. I heard at least a half dozen different languages being spoken and I saw people wearing items representing at least another half dozen countries. Love it.
I'm meeting several other bloggers for a carb-loading lunch today. More to come!