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Danielle Rutkowski holds a poster of her husband, Pete, as she waits to see him run in the Chicago Marathon. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

Danielle Rutkowski holds a poster of her husband, Pete, as she waits to see him run in the Chicago Marathon. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – The best part of being a spectator at the marathon – other than watching the runners – is looking at the signs along the route.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, the object is to see and be seen – to see your friend or family member who’s running and to make sure he or she sees you.

So big loud, garish signs are good.

So is distinctive clothing, like the orange caps worn by two women in the crowd – a color you had to notice.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports

Mike Purcell of Columbus, Ohio, had a big sign with a tongue in cheek message.

“My sign says, ‘Worst parade ever,” Purcell said. “I was hoping for some firetrucks, Santa Claus, maybe a little bit of candy. And apparently I’m not getting what I wish for. … I’m just trying to give a little relief to these runners. They’re doing a great job and if I can put a smile on their face for a little bit, I’ve done my job.”

Jennifer Porter of Geneva, Ill., was hoping her husband would see her sign reading “My husband is faster than your husband” and get some positive reinforcement.

“We have a bunch of friends doing it, and I just think my husband’s obviously a lot faster than the rest of them,” Porter said.

Another woman, Danielle Rutkowski, had a very large cut out photo of her husband Pete’s head on a stick and he did notice that as he ran past in Old Town.

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