By Harmesh Bhambra ‘16
To your correspondent, running a marathon seems like an almost unimaginable feat of physical endurance. Indeed it killed off the original protagonist. Pheidippides, a Greek messenger, in 490 BC was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated. He collapsed and died after giving the message to the Greek Assembly.
This, probably apocryphal, story did not deter the relentless growth of the marathon -- and on October 11, the annual Chicago marathon took place. The race is typically classed as one of the top five marathons in the world and around 45,000 racers compete each year. This year, Dickson Chumba of Kenya was the fastest runner with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds. Pheidippides would be proud.
As historic as the race, which was established in 1977, is the presence of Booth runners -- and this year was no exception. Anthony Dedousis, a second-year MBA student completed the race in a cool 4 hours, 14 minutes and 15 seconds -- an excruciating 2 seconds slower than the previous year. “I know the time was going to be close. The conditions were hot outside”, lamented Dedousis. This was Dedousis’ fourth marathon and even though he was walking like the “Tin Man”, he is looking forward to his next marathon. “I like the opportunity to do better every year.” He appreciated the support from Boothies, “I remember a glittery sign and a Boothie ran out of the crowd to hug me.”
Emily Ruff, a second-year MBA student shared similar sentiments. “This was my easiest marathon because of the Boothies. There was support at miles 5, 6, 16.5 and 20, and the support helped at my mental low points. There was so much support and banners.” Emily completed her fifth marathon in 4 hours and 44 minutes, and she enjoyed a picnic and champagne post race.
For those who are considering doing something new this academic year, these marathon stories show that it is a great time to ‘do it’ with the support you will receive from your classmates.
Harmesh is News Editor for Chicago Business and spent October 11 competing in a gruelling race to complete his cases