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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:

I consider myself a beginner runner and I primarily run for hobby. I watched my son and daughter-in-law run the 2006 Chicago Marathon and I set a goal for myself to run a marathon after I retired in November 2006.


I trained for 11 months following Jeff Galloway's run/walk method. During my training I averaged 25 miles per week.

For people thinking about running a marathon, I would tell them to be careful not to over train to avoid injury.

Race Day:

The 2007 Chicago Marathon was worse than expected. I ran with my son who is an experienced marathon runner. The participation in the marathon was therefore a sentimental event for me.

Despite the weather, I was disappointed that I was not able to finish the race. When the race was stopped, I was at mile 16 and did not feel fatigued.

I was extremely disappointed with the manner in which the organizers responded to the extreme heat. They knew several days in advance of the weather. However, it appeared that they did little to prepare for it. For example, when I arrived at the water station at the 10K point, there was no water. Other stations were either out of water or Gatorade. In fact, they were taking down the tables. Also, knowing conditions, the organizers could have started the race an hour earlier. For what is billed as a premier marathon, I was greatly disappointed.


I didn't have any problems with my recovery. I did some massage therapy following the race.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

Be careful not to over train to avoid injury.

Plans to Run Another:

I haven't decided if I'll run another marathon. I am still dealing with the disappointment of the 2007 Chicago Marathon.

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