It’s been 2 weeks since the 2015 Chicago Marathon but the excitement is still alive in me especially after going through tons of photos. No, I didn’t run but it felt like I did. It was just amazing to see how all the participants’ hard work, hours of training and discipline paid off, allowing them to endure and finish the race. The race started at around 730AM with the Marathon Wheelchair, Handcycle, Athletes with Disabilities (AWD) followed by the Elite/wave 1 and wave 2 runners.My sister was one of the over 45,000 runners and was on the Wave 2 group. We were so excited for her and just like parents bringing their daughter to first day of school, we took her to Grant park at the break of dawn. Then, we waited at N. Columbus which was about 1 mile from the start line and was close to our hotel. The elite runners were so fast that by the time I was ready to take their photo, they were past me. Hahaha. The were like gazelles, with long and strong strides. Poof… off they go!
The weather began to warm up mid morning and we saw several runners gripping their knees in pain, sweating profusely and just looked exhausted. We shouted the names printed on their shirts as they ran close to us: “Go, —–!” and that brought a smile to their face. I cannot relate to their experience but I knew it was very difficult and as a spectator, all I could do was to cheer them on.
There were runners who wore costumes, tutus and one ran as a juggler but those that caught my eye were these officers who ran the race in support of a cause or perhaps in memory of someone dear to them.After mile 11, we decided to walk back to the hotel and along the way, we saw some runners walking, wearing their medals. Have they finished the race in just 3 hours? Oh yes, they did! The fastest finisher did it for 2 hours and 9 minutes ti think.We waited with other spectators, ringing our cowbells and handclappers, cheering on every runner that approached us. They looked tired but you could sense that they have full hearts – perhaps, it was their dream to finish the marathon, an item in their bucket list, a salute to good health, etc. Victory! We are truly grateful that my sister was able to finish the race – to me, it’s not the time it took for her to finish the race that mattered but her journey in experiencing God’s faithfulness in her desire to have a sound mind and body.Our banner was handmade and handcut and though I wish I had my Cricut machine but I think it turned out well. There were runners who cheered “Go Pinky!” and there were some who mentioned that they like the Bible verse: Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
These cowbells were decorated and personalized using polymer. They turned out to be a nice souvenir item as well. Congratulations to all the runners and especially to my sister, our SilverSoulGirl! Keep running the race strong and in the words of our father, “Hindi mag-hibi” or “Do not cry.”
‘Til next time,