Monday, October 8, 2012

Things to Do in the City With Dogs: Watching the Chicago Marathon

After spending the past several years running marathons (6 Chicago and 1 Las Vegas!) I have decided to 'retire'. Though I know the one thing that really got me through each race was the crowd support; they estimate nearly 1 million spectators come to cheer on the runners! Each year it becomes a city-wide party where over 40,000 runners weave through the various neighborhoods for 26.2 miles. And there are costumes abound from spectators, runners...and our pooches.
With the mismatching, can you tell the pooches 'picked' their own costumes from the costume bin?
We were stationed at Mile 14 which I remember as being one of the hardest sections to run through. There is always huge crowd support for the first 12ish miles which weave through downtown, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Boys Town, and after a huge party (including Elvis) you turn a corner and hit a lull. So what could encourage you and make you smile more than a dainty lady bug with a big scowl? Or a Chicago Bears fan complete with furry hat? We even had a couple of runners jump out of the race to pet the pooches and take a photo opp.
Plus, a small reunion and special cameo appearances by one of our favorite look alike duos. (Hints here and here.) And we even saw one of our SociaBulls members, Hammie's mom, in the race!
Congratulation to all of the runners! Was anyone else out there running or watching?

Also:
When I documented my marathon run with a disposable camera (Including a cameo with Mr. B in a cowboy hat!)

6 comments:

Sam said...

How fun! I never thought about being a spectator at our Marathon here - I should try it.

Sam

Debra said...

They picked out their own costumes? I love that. I guess that explains why Mr B basicaly has a stuffie on his head. :-)

I do wonder though, why Miss M doesn't have a tiara. So oftn when I look at her pictures I imagine her saying, "We are not amused" -in a very regal tone.

My Two Pitties said...

Not that I would have run a marathon in the first place, but it would have been impossible not to stop and say hello to them! It looks like it's getting cold in Chicago!

Stacey said...

Love the pictures and oh my gosh, your pups are so adorable! They look so well behaved too!

Two Kitties One Pittie said...

You've run SEVEN marathons!? I knew you had run one but I didn't know so many! That's amazing! And I love the photos. :)

Two French Bulldogs said...

we love love your hat, BOL
Benny & Lily

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