I'm sitting at NBC in Washington D.C. covering the Kirk/Giannoulias debate but part of my heart is back home in Chicago where the marathon is filling the streets of the city.
I've run two Chicago Marathons---in 2000 and 2001---and each was an amazing, exhilarating, challenging experience.
The generosity of the spectators is what I remember most.
Why in the world would people come out to cheer a bunch of maniac runners crazy enough to try and finish 26.2 miles? I have no idea but what I learned was that without their encouraging words and cheers and enthusiasm, I might never have finished. It bouyed me as I began to flag. Sometimes it made me laugh out loud like when 4 guys in drag---high heels and flapper dresses---were informal cheerleaders on the sidelines.
The Marathon is a fantastic experience. The best part may well be the citizens who support it.