By Reid Tileston 15’
On Sunday October 12th, 40,802 runners crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon in Grant Park. Kenyan Eulid Kipchoge won the race with a time of 2:04:11, a blistering pace of four minutes and forty four seconds per mile for twenty six miles.
Chicago Booth was well represented at the Chicago Marathon in terms of runners and in those cheering them on. Second year Becky Godbey led a group of people who were up at 7:00 am to support their classmates on the course. Godbey notes, ‘I made some signs for us that just said "Run, Boothies, Run" and "Run like you stole something" which got a hearty laugh from a chicago police officer.’ Someone even dressed up in a pumpkin suite at mile 24.5 to provide some much needed comic relief at the final push.
When asked to describe the Marathon, Eric Adler who finished in just under four hours responded with ‘pink, furry, and sore.’ Which may sound a bit confusing at first, but check out his picture for clarification. While Veteran Marathoner Caroline Bugg sought to keep the Marathon experience in perspective noting that running the marathon, ‘was relaxing compared to recruiting’ after finishing in 3:19. From the sidelines, 2nd year Bruce Kaufman, who was watching and cheering participants at mile 21.5 thought that the runners ‘looked tired and miserable’ with 4.5 miles to go. Nevertheless, second year Caio Macedo called his first Marathon ‘an amazing experience’ while notching a time of 4:17.
For those who are considering doing a running or endurance event, business school is a great time to complete one given the group training dynamic and the stellar support that you will receive from your classmates. Next time you see a classmate post an endurance event on facebook give it a hard look. The collective advice from those Boothies who did the Marathon this year to those who are considering doing it next year is simple, ‘do it.’
Reid Tileston a second year at Chicago Booth who has completed four marathons and an ultra-marathon