I have been asked about the marathon course. Here is what they say about the course on the official Chicago Marathon site –
The Chicago Marathon is known world wide as a fast flat course. In addition to the speed, the course also offers a scenic tour of Chicago as it weaves through numerous diverse neighborhoods and dozens of local and historic landmarks.
Key Features of the Course:
- The 26.2-mile course starts and finishes in Grant Park on Columbus Dr., near Buckingham Fountain.
- The course covers the North, West and South Sides of the city, traveling through 29 historic and diverse neighborhoods.
- There are no significant hills on the course; the highest elevation area is 24 feet.
My biggest concern with this course – is that it is relatively flat – which means the same muscles will be used for the duration of the marathon. When there are hills, some muscles get a rest while climbing a hill, others rest while going down, etc. This could be more challenging that what I run in Eagan!
So for those of you who are familiar with the windy city, click here for a map of the course!