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The Chicago marathon will take place this Sunday starting at 7:20 a.m with over 45,000 athletes looking to either get a personal best and see the months and months of training pay off. Here are our picks for the runners, spectators and supporters. If you have a friend in the race, you can track them HERE through the app.
- Nike+ Run Club coaches and pacers are offering up a final group run this Saturday(9/10) at 9:06am. The team will lead runners on a 2.5 mile run throughout the city and return to Nike Chicago (675 N Michigan Ave.) or a 3.5 mile point-to-point ending at Northerly Island where there will be shuttles back to Nike Chicago or to McCormick Place for the Expo. While at Northerly Island runners also have the opportunity cheer on the next generation of young athletes as they log 1.5 miles around the island. Elite marathoners Abdi Abdirahman, Alexi Pappas, Dathan Ritzenhein and Matt Tegenkamp will join runners at Nike Chicago.
- Research has shown that a massage before big competitions can also benefit runners so consider having a therapist from Soothe come to your home help you destress and ease those tension knots.
- Staying at the Loews Hotel Chicago (455 North Park Drive), Renaissance Blackstone or James Hotel? Their gyms are top notch and spacious giving you room for a last minute easy routine or place to stretch out those muscles. Want to stay off your feet but still get some aerobic workout in? hit the indoor pool at the Loews, only accessible to guests staying at the hotel.
- Pasta/Carb party? We would not suggest the “featured” restaurant of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Park Grill, because nauseating smell. For pasta options consider Formentos in West Loop (note their Broccoli rabe IS bitter); Fred’s at Barneys in Gold Coast. Piccolo Sogno in River West
Cheer on the runners at the Nike+ Cheer Zones in Boystown Between Mile 7 & 8 (3460 N. Broadway), The Bank of America (RED) at mile 13 or Chinatown between Mile 21 & 22 (Wentworth & 23rd) runners Nike+ members will have access to the Finisher’s Lounge on the fifth floor of Nike Chicago on race day from 9am-9pm.
- Massage: If you don’t have the patience to deal with the complimentary post-race massage treatments being offered on site at the marathon consider some of these options: The Waldorf Astoria (312.646.1310) offers the Muscle Repair Massage ($195/60 mins.) which begins with compression and hot towels, followed by arnica homeopathic gels and oils specifically designed to relive sore muscles. After 26.2 miles your feet will probably be on fire, head over to the JW Marriott (151 W Adams St.) for their Aching Feet Rescue ($160/50 min). The executive Sports Massage ($125/50mins) or if short on time the express massage($75/25mins) at the Spa at Loews Chicago (312-840-6615).
Don’t want to leave your room but need a good rubdown, you’re in luck because in home massage service Zeel offers options such as singles or couples massages where youcan choose the kind of massage (Swedish, deep tissue, sports), duration (60, 75, 90 minutes) and the gender of your therapist.
- Food LUX Bar in the Gold Coast is kicking off their 10-10-10 specials for their 10th Anniversary so for ten days, beginning Saturday, October 10, you can choose from ten drinks and ten menu items that are special priced at $10, ayeeee! Build Your Own Manhattan, Moscow Mule, LUX Royale Burger, New England Clam Strips, Popcorn Shrimp, Sweet Chili Fried Calamari, The Halsted Salad, Turkey Burger, Classic Burger, Great Lakes Whitefish, Buttermilk Fried Half Chicken and Marinated Skirt Steak. Though known for meats, Rural Society at Loews offers some delicious vegetarian options as well.
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