CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Marathon is Sunday, and many first-time marathoners are among the thousands of runners participating to raise money for charities.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, marathon coach Brendan Cournane says 75 percent of the 400 runners he has been coaching since May are running a marathon for the first time Sunday.READ MORE: Families Fight To Keep Memorial Trees Offered Through Chicago Park District After Being Told Of Golf Course Plans
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Their most frequent question, Cournane said, is, “can I do it?”READ MORE: Mother Who Heard Shots, Death Of Adam Toledo Shares What She Heard, Neighborhood Insight
Cournane’s mantra is, “Good form will carry you through.” It is what he expects to tell many of the new marathoners again on Sunday, when some will inevitably text him during the race.
“In the last couple of years, I have had messages with runners on the course, with injury questions, or just what they call freak-out questions – ‘I’m freaking out because I’m at mile 20 and I don’t know what to do right now,’” Cournane said.
Last year, after running the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania, Cournane climbed to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro.MORE NEWS: Protesters Pack Logan Square Over Police Shooting Of Adam Toledo
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon begins at Monroe and Columbus drives at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.