Another successful Marathon!

The weather was picture perfect for the Chicago Marathon as over 41,000 runners passed by our 3rd annual cheering station at Taylor and Morgan.  From a little after 8 am until 1 pm we watched and cheered on the participants.  The wheelchair handcyle marathon for athletes with disabilities was so inspiring as we saw them sail by.  We were blown away by the elite runners as they flew by and then we cheered on and on as the masses and masses of runners passed us by. Can you believe that 40,802 runners actually made it to the finish line!

Check out this video put together by our DJ!

Our fabulous DJ for this event (and the past two) is Rupert Medina.  He painstakingly selected every song and the runners and the spectators really enjoyed his selections. So much fun to see the runners raise their arms and pumped to the beat of the music.  Being in between miles 17 and 18, where we were at, is really hard for so many runners as they are hitting the wall and losing their energy. Music is such a great healer and we are so grateful to be able to put this on for them.

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the following who made donations for us to be able to have the DJ perform.

Dr. Michelle Fennessy, a University Commons resident who has also taken on the health and safety viaduct issue for our community.

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Francesca Restaurant Group  with Francesca’s on Taylor, Davanti Enoteca on Taylor and Glazed & Infused on W Fulton Market

University Commons Neighborhood Association

Jose Melendez and Melendez Insurance

Madonna Sivwright

Special thanks also to UIC and the following who helped us with our cheering station area.

UIC Levine Hillel Center

Mark Donovan

Mike DiIocova

In addition to the Sunday Marathon, the John M Smyth Elementary School held their own marathon on the Friday before.  Preschoolers all the way up to the 8th graders ran selected routes.  Parents, students, faculty and staff cheered them on wearing Chicago Marathon shirts and ringing cowbells and making lots of noise with hand clappers.  Nice going Smyth students!