Sunday, October 12, 2014!
The Chicago Marathon!
Are you running? Is your wife, husband, son, daughter, friend? Will you be watching?
I wish I was running again! I think the very coolest part of the Marathon is the very beginning: There is a mass of people stretching blocks back from the starting line. After the horn goes off, the mass moves slowly forward, then moves a little faster, then faster, then faster, and then you hit the actual starting line. Pure exhilaration! The disabled participants are first. And they are amazing! If you haven’t seen them in person, you should. They are incredible!
The elite runners start at 7:30 AM. If you have never seen the elite runners in person, go to Mile 10 or even mile 13 and see how fast they are moving! Most of us cannot sprint for 40 yards as fast as they are moving after 13 miles. They are motoring!! They are amazing! It’s one thing to see them on TV, but it’s another to see them live.
Anyway, I wrote “Marathon” after I ran my first Chicago Marathon in 2005. At least for a day, I could say “I conquered my own self today: I am a part of history.”
To see the running poems, click here.