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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:

  • Chicago TheaterThe 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!