It was another beautiful fall day in Chicago, a touch too warm for our liking - though that meant that upwards of 2 million people came out to spectate! 2 million. Can you imagine?? It is an insane feeling having crowds of people line the course for at least 15 of the 26.2 miles of the course.
Thanks so much to all who came out to yell & cheer & give high fives. Plus the pretzels, especially the generous people with giant bins of pretzels. I partook of your generosity for the first time this year & it felt so good to eat real food out on the course.
Our pre & post race were simply wonderful thanks to Special Olympics Chicago. Our fearless team leader/coach/supporter extraordinaire, Susan Nicholl, covers every last detail so we don't need to think about anything other than showing up & running the race.
To have family & friends take time out of their busy weekends to watch us do this crazy thing again warms my heart. It was a wonderful day in the most beautiful city in the world. Are you thinking about running a marathon? Consider Chicago. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
|Feeling excited & nervous prerace with the other members of|
Team Special Olympics Chicago
|Chris & I are ready to run!|
|So happy to see Timmy & Katie at mile 7ish|
|Hooray! Team Kearney was spectating just|
before mile 10, big smiles for our family
coming out to watch.
|Our 3 biggest little fans :)|
|SOC hosts a cheer station at mile 25.5, SO close to the finish!|
We proudly carry our flags for the final push to the finish line.
|Felt well enough at the finish line to take & drink (some of) the|
free beer! I was in good company in my inability to finish
|We did it! #6 for me, #9 for Chris|
|Mom & Dad were waiting for us at our team headquarters.|
So glad they came down to watch again this year.