2nd time I ran this Half Marathon race to keep my Chicago Marathon Training statistics up to date. I like the route very much. The weather was perfect about 60F for such long run. I reached the start line using Shuttle service from Belmont to 63rd St, Jackson Park. The marathon started on time (7am) with great enthusiasm. The 1st group was 2 wheeler the 2nd group was half marathoners and 3rd group was 5k run. Entertainment and water/gatorade supply kept the liveliness along the race. I completed the marathon in 117 minutes, which is 9 minutes faster than last half marathon. I realised, I could have done better as I wasn't exausted after the race. I followed the mile by mile strategy with 1 break for pee and other 1 for stretching at 10 mile. The male winner finished in 1hr. 07min while I took 43 minutes more while the female winner finished in 1:18 min.
The Beer/Pizza helped a lot after race for pain distraction. I was transported back to Belmont by Shuttle service. It was one of the best scenic route and felt lucky for the perfect weather. The race was part of my Chicago Marathon training. Also the race was part of Windy City challenge (26.2miles) with 2 races (13.1 Marathon in June and This marathon in Sept). Happy to get another Medal but no T-Shirt
Total finishers: 12105
Male 5292, Female 6813