We thought it was time to revisit the marathon maps, since the Fall marathons are approaching–and the complete set of U.S. marathon majors is finished. Here are some of the details about the upcoming marathons. More about the first to arrive, the Chicago:
The Chicago Marathon is on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Features of the Chicago marathon course: Gorgeous Millennium Park/Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion at the starting line as the sun is coming up on Lake Michigan. A downtown stretch of course that winds through the commercial heart of the city, including the Board of Trade on LaSalle. A run through some of the great northside neighborhoods: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park (getting a glimpse of the zoo and surrounding greenery), southern Lakeview, before heading back southward.
Then, the disheartening part: The long stretch out west (on Adams and then back on Jackson), then toward the southwestern corner of the course is typically a runner’s least favorite part of the course–it’s the third quarter of the marathon, when runners need support, but there are relatively fewer spectators around. You can tell some spectators really make a point to get there, but it’s still threadbare. Chinatown is the point when you get back into the crowds and cheering. People are lined up along the main stretch, and it helps guide you back toward the downtown.
By the time you’re heading homeward on Michigan Avenue, the crowds really thicken up and propel you to the finish line. The biggest hill (it seems, anyway) is the one that leads you right to the finish line. Check out the Chicago marathon map below or at the BoA official site.
DATES: The Marine Corps Marathon is on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The New York Marathon is on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The next Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 20, 2015. We’ve got the New York marathon map finished, and the Boston marathon map. Stay tuned for MCM.