Chicago Marathon, Illinois (Images of Sports)

Chicago Marathon, Illinois (Images of Sports)

by Raymond Britt
     
 


On Saturday, September 23, 1905, fifteen determined runners bolted at the sound of the starter's gun to begin an amazing journey of distance and endurance: the first Chicago Marathon. Huge crowds witnessed a thrilling race that had it all: action, disaster, suspense, a fallen favorite, and a cliff-hanger ending. It was epic, defining a new chapter in…  See more details below

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On Saturday, September 23, 1905, fifteen determined runners bolted at the sound of the starter's gun to begin an amazing journey of distance and endurance: the first Chicago Marathon. Huge crowds witnessed a thrilling race that had it all: action, disaster, suspense, a fallen favorite, and a cliff-hanger ending. It was epic, defining a new chapter in Chicago's athletic history. More than a century later, each year Chicago welcomes nearly 40,000 inspiring runners-from the world's best to complete novices-who will start, discover, battle, and ultimately finish something they once thought impossible, even ridiculous: the Chicago Marathon, all 26 miles, 385 yards. This book takes the reader into the marathon experience, including the sights, sounds, emotions, challenges, and achievements.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Title: The Chicago Marathon: By the Book

Author: Staff Writer

Publisher: The Biz Runner

Raymond Britt is re-writing the book on the Chicago Marathon - and that's a good thing. Britt has just released "Chicago Marathon" through Arcadia Publishing.

For fans of the Chicago Marathon it's a great photographic history of the race - going all the way back to the very first Chicago Marathon in 1905. One of the most interesting parts of the book is a look at the race through "then and now" photos.

The book also gives a visual tour of the current course. It's walk (run?) down memory lane for those who have run the Chicago Marathon before and a good primer for those who will be running it for the first time.

My only quibble with the book is all the pictures are in black and white. What I love about marathons in general and especially Fall marathons is the wide variety in colors that race day produces. There is really nothing like it and that is missing here.

Some of my favorite notes? The sponsor of the early marathons? The Chicago Daily News. The newspaper has long been defunct but it shows that even more than 100 years ago companies knew the power and benefits of sponsoring a community event.

I also loved the 1907 Chicago Tribune newspaper headline: "Sleeping Runner Loses Marathon". Not exactly. The runner wasn't sleeping. He was passed out from exhaustion, sadly just before the finish line.

Britt is clearly a fan of the Chicago Marathon and it shows. The book is a nice keepsake for those who feel the same way.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738577180
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Series:
Images of Sports Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
1,240,158
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Raymond Britt is managing partner of WinSight Ventures, founder and publisher of RunTri.com, and a proud 12-time Chicago Marathon finisher.

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