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Note from Editor: The 2007 Chicago Marathon was cancelled mid-run due to the heat. Below is a first-hand account from one of the runners who was forced to stop running. To learn more about what happened, read this AFP news story.

Running Background:

marathon photoI consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for weight control/loss. I had weight-loss surgery in 2004 and I lost 265 lbs. I wanted to see if I could run a marathon.


I trained with a group called Marathon Makeover. I trained for 9 months, and I averaged 15 miles per week during my training.

All of the training advice I received was good. Considering what happened in this particular race, the one piece of advice that stands out the most is to make sure you drink plenty of water.

Race Day:

The 2007 Chicago Marathon was worse than expected. It was not a good day. I crossed the starting line at 8:25 am. By the time I got to mile 3, the water and everything else was completely gone. Also, the pace car and the police kept coming by stating that if you could not keep up with a 14 minute pace, you would have to leave the course. That made people run faster then they would have -- me included.

By the time I reached mile 14, we were being told the race was over and we would have to return to Grant Park when we reached mile 16. I was very hurt and upset. I spent a lot of time and money to get ready for the race and for it to turn out like this was very disappointing.


I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I kept moving following the race the way our coach had taught us.

Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Run it your way!

Plans to Run Another:

I'm planning to run another marathon because I want to finish what I started.

Because of this experience, I won't be running the Chicago Marathon again.

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