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This Sunday 45,000 runners toed the line at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. It was a warm fall day with temperatures reaching the upper 70s, though our Team LIVESTRONG runners would not be deterred from success. Numbering over 150, our runners took to the streets of Chicago running 26.2 grueling miles in honor of the 28 million living with cancer around the world.
Our staff of four were out on the spectator-friendly course cheering them on while being inspired by their dedication and determination. By mile 24 you could see the weariness in their bodies, the sweat-soaked Team LIVESTRONG jerseys popping among the throng of runners. It was truly an honor to watch them run their hearts out under clear blue Chicago skies.
The team was the first Chicago Marathon team to break $100,000, but they didn’t stop there. On race day the team officially passed the $225,000 mark, and this in a year of economic woes and turmoil. This was solid proof of the earnest and heartfelt efforts of this collective team coming from all over the US and even the world.
We truly cannot thank this team enough. At the celebration Sunday night we had several guests speak to the impact LIVESTRONG is having on communities around the country and cancer survivors everywhere. It was touching to see this passion communicated and let the participants know that everything we do to serve people fighting cancer and empower communities to take action is truly only possible as a result of their efforts.
There is truly a special feel to the Chicago Marathon – from the 29 neighborhoods it runs through to the 1.7 million spectators watching to the hard work of the city of Chicago to make it all come together – and that was palpable Sunday, the smiles on participants’ and runners’ faces alike. Our sea of Victory Maize was seemingly everywhere among the crowd and brought smiles and tears to those that beheld their passion.
Thank you Team LIVESTRONG Chicago Marathon! We will see you next year!