Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Chicago Marathon Spectator's Guide

If we show up to work with no voice next Monday we're going to blame it on the Chicago Marathon. You won't see us running, but we will be there cheering on our friends in the race.

If you'll be cheering on your loved ones as well, we've put together a handy guide with important things to know come race day.

A feature you've got to sign up for is runner tracking. You can track up to three runners via text message and receive an update when your runner crosses the 10K, halfway point, 30K and finish line. To sign up, visit the runner tracker page.

A big decision to make on race day is where you're going to cheer on your runner. Keep in mind that general spectators do not have access to the start and finish line in Grant Park. The best place to view runners after they start is on State Street. If you want to cheer them on at the end, head to the cheer zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt.

Talk to your friends and family running beforehand and tell them what intersections you'll be at, a specific landmark or storefront so they can easily find you. Don't forget to tell them what side of the street you'll be on!

Post race, celebrate at the post-race party in Grant Park's Butler Field until 3 pm. There will be entertainment, food and beverages. Runners can redeem the tear-off portion of their number for a free 312 from Goose Island. If you just ran 26.2 miles, you totally deserve a beer right?

Needless to say, public transportation is going to be jammed and traffic will be less than pleasant. To avoid this mess altogether NBC 5 will be broadcasting the marathon so you can watch it from the comfort of your own couch.

If you aren't already, follow Nike Chicago on Twitter. Throughout the week they will be tweeting about special activities and post-marathon events to celebrate the race. Our social media director Emily will also be posting from the race.

For more spectator information on the marathon, visit the official site. Good luck to everyone running!

By Allison, MDPR Publicist

Images via Chicago Marathon Facebook Page

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