CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of runners made their way through the streets of Chicago Sunday for the 37th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. There were runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.
While the course is described as having more sharp turns than others, it is flatter, meaning less excruciating uphill running.READ MORE: Women Turn Childhood Pastime Into Modern Day Workout With '40+ Double Dutch Club'; 'Get Fit While You’re Having Fun Doing It’
Last year, Bank of America said the race’s contribution exceeded a quarter-of-a billion dollars to the local economy. That’s money spent by runners and spectators at places like hotels, restaurants and tourist spots. One million spectators were expected to line up along the race course.
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 11 seconds. Rita Jeptoo, also of Kenya, was the women’s winner for the second year in a row, finishing in 2:24:35.
Nathan Olson of Branson, Missouri, says he knows from experience – the last six miles are the hardest.
“Up until 18 you just keep a pace, but I’m really looking forward to Chinatown, that is going to be my happy moment,” Olson said. “When I get see that, who cares what your legs feel like? You can almost hear the finish line and the bell by then.”