At our post (Columbus and Grand, near mile 1) at 7am, almost an hour before the start
Before the race, view of westbound Grand
Brian "preparing" for his course marshal duties ;-)
Brian smiling before the race
Kelly before the race
Kelly and Brian
Lead wheelchair participants
Lead wheelchair participants going west on Grand
Camera vehicle -- the woman with the notepad is Deena Kaster -- I didn't realize it was her they were leaving!
The lead runners are coming
Big motorcade in front of the lead runners
The remaining wheelchair participants
Lead runners going westbound on Grand
The start of the non-elite runners
The swarm of people are coming!
Going west on Grand, it's party time!
Towards the front of the non-elite pack
The crowds are getting thicker
A steady stream of people
The 3:30 pace group
3:40 pace group
A guy having fun in this first mile
Hamming it up for the crowds
Middle of the pack
The masses continue
Getting warmed up
Guy in banana suit -- must have been hot in there later on!!
Some costumed participants
The tutu gals
I wonder if this woman held the sign up for the whole race? ;-)
Runners heading west
The last runners
Back of the pack
Cleaning up the first aid station at State/Madison
Big clean-up job
Taking down mile 2
That's a whole lot of bananas! The finish line is ready for finishers.
Another banana picture :-)
Volunteers at the finish, preparing for the masses that would come later on
Lots of water
Press waiting for the winner
The first male finisher came through 6 mins later
Waiting at the Roosevelt CTA station, on our way via Orange Line to Halsted/Archer (mile 20.5)
Must 'o been hot with that hat on!
Jim spotted us and was waving (guy in red shirt)
Jim says, "let's go!"
On our way to Chinatown
Along the Dan Ryan, all smiles from Brian and Jim
Elvis, still smiling in spite of probably ROASTING in that suit!
Near Sox Park, the big screen displayed encouraging messages from the spectators
A band playing near IIT (mile 23ish)
Jim going through one of several misting stations
On Michigan, on the way to the finish!
Just a couple miles to go, we were passing people left and right
A little over a mile to go
Just 1.2 to go!
Jim and Brian, congrats to Jim for his first marathon finish!!
View of Michigan with about .3 to go
Runners turning right on Roosevelt from Michigan. Pretty awesome day!