WBEZ | Chicago Marathon http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-marathon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Making college more accessible for low-income students http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-21/morning-shift-making-college-more-accessible-low <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cover_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at how to get more low income kids into college-and explore the challenges faced by both potential students and universities. Also, an update on Senate hearings calling for reform at DCFS.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-healing-process-for-victims-and/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-healing-process-for-victims-and.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-the-healing-process-for-victims-and" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Making college more accessible for low-income students" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-21/morning-shift-making-college-more-accessible-low Morning Shift: A local look at the government shutdown http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-14/morning-shift-local-look-government-shutdown-108909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr The National Guard.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth tells us how the government shutdown is affecting small businesses and local organizations like the Greater Chicago Food Depository . We also take a look back and reflect on the &quot;Bartman Game&quot; a decade later.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-39" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: A local look at the government shutdown" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-10-14/morning-shift-local-look-government-shutdown-108909 Emanuel: ‘No threat to Chicago,’ marathon will go on http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-%E2%80%98no-threat-chicago%E2%80%99-marathon-will-go-106680 <p><p>Chicago City Hall was quiet on Tuesday as Mayor Rahm Emanuel said that &ldquo;there is no threat to (the city).&rdquo; Security officials around the city and at its two major airports, however, remain on alert following deadly twin bomb blasts at <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/boston-bombs-said-be-made-pressure-cookers-106656">yesterday&rsquo;s Boston Marathon</a>.<br /><br />Even though Emanuel reiterated there is no &ldquo;credible threat&rdquo; to the city, he urged Chicagoans to keep their eyes open for anything suspicious. The mayor said he met this morning at City Hall with his top cabinet officials in the police and fire departments, as well as the head of the city&rsquo;s emergency communications center.<br /><br />Emanuel added he called Boston Mayor Thomas Menino yesterday to offer his support, following the bombings that have killed three people and injured more than 170 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.<br /><br />&ldquo;While it was a horrific event, it showed the best of this country,&rdquo; Emanuel said, adding: &ldquo;I think everybody was heartfelt for the residents of the city of Boston, so I wanted to make sure that they knew that our resources were available if they needed them.&rdquo;<br /><br />Security at Chicago&rsquo;s City Hall didn&rsquo;t seem stricter than normal Tuesday, save for the presence of two Chicago cops on horseback who were stationed on LaSalle Street. The Chicago Police Department did not immediately offer details as to what additional security measures might be in place.</p><p>Emanuel also insisted the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, set for October 13, will go ahead as planned. In a statement Tuesday, Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski said race organizers have been in contact with the city&rsquo;s public safety agencies since yesterday&rsquo;s bombings.</p><p>&ldquo;As our top priority, we work in lockstep with these agencies to ensure the safest possible event for everyone involved. As we do each year and throughout the year, we will sit down with these agencies and conduct a comprehensive security review as part of the planning process for this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; the statement reads.</p><p>Meanwhile, security adjustments at area airports were more overt.<br /><br />&ldquo;Passengers traveling through Chicago&rsquo;s airports today may notice a more visible presence of Chicago police officers, canine units and aviation security officers,&rdquo; Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Gregg Cunningham explained.<br /><br />Cunningham said the department would continue to work closely with local and federal agencies on safety and security matters.<br /><br />The Department of Homeland Security said it would continue to keep in place enhanced security measures at transportation hubs. Meanwhile the Transportation Security Administration is set to allow airline passengers to carry small folding knives on planes later this month.<br /><br />The policy change is the first shift of its kind since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.</p><p><em>Al Keefe is a WBEZ reporter. Follow him at <a href="http://twitter.com/akeefe">@akeefe</a>. </em></p></p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-%E2%80%98no-threat-chicago%E2%80%99-marathon-will-go-106680 Chicago Marathon registration opens today http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-marathon-registration-opens-today-105602 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3685_Chicago Marathon 2008_Flickr_Pannecko.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Registration for the 36th annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon opened today.</p><p>Last year it only took a record breaking six days to fill the 45,000 spots.</p><p>The event is scheduled for October 13, starting and finishing in Chicago&rsquo;s Grant Park.</p><p>Will Bridge manages Universal Sole, a local runner&rsquo;s specialty shop.</p><p>He says the popularity of the Chicago marathon is pushing first time runners to commit early.</p><p>&ldquo;Every year we see people that are spectators that get excited and think &lsquo;I&rsquo;m going to do that next year&rsquo;,&rdquo; Bridge said. &ldquo;In years past they didn&rsquo;t really have to face that issue until June... now you&rsquo;re forced in February.&rdquo;</p><p>Bridge says he&rsquo;s betting registration will close out within a couple of days this year.</p><p>People registering today experienced problems on the website. The organizers of the marathon released this statement:</p><p>&ldquo;Some people have been experiencing error messages in the process of registering for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. We are working with our registration partners at Active.com to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;Registration for U.S. participants costs $175, and $200 for those outside of the U.S.</p><p>For more information, or to register, visit <a href="http://chicagomarathon.com" target="_blank">chicagomarathon.com</a>.</p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-marathon-registration-opens-today-105602 The 2012 Chicago Marathon in photos http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2012-10/2012-chicago-marathon-photos-102966 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/chimarathon2012.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><object height="465" width="620"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3Dchimarathon2012%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2F%3Fq%3Dchimarathon2012%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=chimarathon2012&amp;api_group_id=32855810%40N00&amp;api_sort=interestingness-desc&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=121572" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" flashvars="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3Dchimarathon2012%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2Fgroups%2F%3Fq%3Dchimarathon2012%26m%3Dpool%26s%3Dint%26w%3D32855810%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=chimarathon2012&amp;api_group_id=32855810%40N00&amp;api_sort=interestingness-desc&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" height="465" src="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=121572" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620"></embed></object><br />The Chicago Marathon is a magical day for street photographers. 45,000 people running through the streets involved in dramatic struggle, yet completely unguarded in their facial expression- it&#39;s like Christmas for shutterbugs.</p><p>Yesterday&#39;s event was no exception. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/chicagopublicradio/" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s Flickr group members</a> got some great shots as you can see in the slideshow above. To add your photos to this slideshow, submit them to the WBEZ Flickr pool with the tag &quot;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/chimarathon2012/" target="_blank">chimarathon2012</a>.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/photo-day/2012-10/2012-chicago-marathon-photos-102966 Kenyan runner Wesley Korir takes center stage in Chicago marathon http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/kenyan-runner-wesley-korir-takes-center-stage-chicago-marathon <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Chicago Marathon attracts 45,000 participants. (AP Photo Nam Y. Huh).jpg 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday marks the 35th year for the running of the <a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com/cms400min/chicago_marathon/">Bank of America Chicago Marathon</a>. With 45,000 participants it seems everyone knows someone lacing up their shoes and running the streets of our city. I was a short distant runner &mdash; long ago&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;so this length is always daunting to me. The training and discipline alone are quite demanding. This year I have a former student, Gary Craig, taking part. Every day he tweets the count-down to the race. (In my mind, I think, &quot;better him than me.&quot;)</p><p>Just like any individualized sport there are individual stories, from the person losing weight or overcoming an illness to the person just crossing the finish line to say, &quot;I did it.&quot;&nbsp;This is usually the case for runners behind the elite runners, who have more lofty goals. But some of them have interesting stories, too. Last year&#39;s runner up, Wesley Korir of Kenya, has had a terrific year after winning the Boston Marathon on a very warm April 16th. He has a pretty interesting story, too.&nbsp;</p><p>After earning a scholarships at Murray State and the University of Louisville, Korir remained in the U.S. and began competing in long distance races. Sunday he could be crowned where he first started running marathons in 2008. In that first Chicago Marathon, Korir wasn&rsquo;t with the elite runners and started back in the pack. He wound up finishing in fourth place and elevated his status as a premier runner. This year his goal in Chicago is to finish below 2:06; however his ultimate goal has more depth and meaning than a race.</p><p>Korir wants to return to Kenya to aid the country and his family. &ldquo;I want to go back home and lead my country to a better place,&quot; he said.&nbsp;Running, he added, is a way for Kenyans to make money, in order to take care of their immediate and extended families. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t run for fun,&rdquo; said Wesley, adding that where he is from, &ldquo;no one [runs] to lose weight.&rdquo; Korir says running allows Kenyans to &ldquo;run away from poverty.&quot; To that end, Korir and his wife, Tarah, are involved with philanthropic efforts that have resulted in the <a href="http://www.crowdrise.com/TeamKenyanKidsFoundation/fundraiser/wesleykorir/1/return/success/success">Kenyan Kids Foundation</a>, a charity to improve the education and health care situation in his homeland.&nbsp;Additionally, Korir is a very spiritual man and believes his faith plays a huge part in the outcome of his races.&nbsp;As was the case with his first marathon, running with the pack and digging deep within himself to finish as one of the best doesn&rsquo;t seem so insurmountable.</p><p>Knowing Wesley&rsquo;s story may get me to turn on the Bank of America Chicago Marathon this Sunday and see if he meets his time or possibly even crosses the finish line first. I will also look for a tweet from Gary to see how he did.</p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/kenyan-runner-wesley-korir-takes-center-stage-chicago-marathon This woman did something amazing: Isn't that terrible? (Or: Why I should never read the Tribune message boards) http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-10-10/woman-did-something-amazing-isnt-terrible-or-why-i-should-never-read-t <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/marathon_flickr_ryanwilliams.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial;"><span id="internal-source-marker_0.8823038255685366" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">According to the </span></span></font><em><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-photo-finish-woman-gives-birth-after-running-and-walking-marathon-20111010,0,7434614.story"><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 153);">Tribune</span></span></font></a></em><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">, Amber Miller, who was 39 weeks pregnant,&nbsp; ran/walked the <st1:city u4:st="on"><st1:place u4:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chicago</st1:place></st1:city></st1:place></st1:city> marathon yesterday and then gave birth to a healthy baby girl shortly thereafter. According to the story, Miller is a seasoned runner and her doctor gave her the go-ahead to run. We all refer to birth as “a miracle” and definitely think of running a marathon as a real accomplishment, so what this lady did is pretty amazing, right? (I know I feel pretty lazy in comparison). But I let myself read the <i><span style="font-style: italic;">Tribune</span></i> message boards attached to this story and here, parsed and boiled down, are the comments that are making me insane: </span></font><br> <br> <b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">This woman is an idiot.</span></span></font></b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> I don’t have any specific ideas on why what she did was dumb (not to mention the fact that I am lacking comprehensive data on how running a marathon while having contractions negatively affects babies), but I know that it was stupid. What a stupid lady. </span></font><br> <br> <b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">That doctor was an idiot.</span></span></font></b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> I have no medical training, and even if I did, it’s irresponsible to diagnose a patient I know next to nothing about, but I do know that that doctor didn’t know what he was talking about. I know more than that doctor does, especially when it comes to prenatal care. &nbsp;Something could have happened. I don’t know what, exactly, but it could have. </span></font><br> <br> <b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Runners are idiots.</span></span></font></b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> I don’t have to give you a good reason why I hate them so much. They’re just the worst. Maybe my mother was killed in a herd of ultramarathoners? Did you ever consider that as a possibility?</span></font><br> <br> <b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">This women is selfish.</span></span></font></b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;"> I can tell from this article. Women who do things that they want to while they’re pregnant are selfish! Also selfish: women who do things that they want to after having a baby. And women who choose not to have babies. It is unlikely that this woman can love her baby as much as she loves running and herself. Women are pretty terrible most of the time.</span></font><br> <br> <b><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">This isn’t relevant to the story, but I dislike black people. </span></span></font></b><font color="black" face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: black;">That’s about all I have to say about that. </span></font><br> <br> <font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Next time, I think I’ll just stick to reading the news on my phone, where the font is tiny but at least the comments aren’t visible. </span></span></font></p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-10-10/woman-did-something-amazing-isnt-terrible-or-why-i-should-never-read-t Shobukhova becomes first person to three-peat Chicago Marathon http://www.wbez.org/story/shobukhova-becomes-first-person-three-peat-chicago-marathon-92993 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-09/AP111009031027.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Authorities say a 35-year-old male runner who collapsed during the Chicago Marathon is dead.</p><p>Race medical director Dr. George Chiampas said the North Carolina man collapsed about 500 yards from the finish line. He said medical personnel were able to get his heart beating again but he died 1 hour, 45 minutes after he was attended to at the race.</p><p>Chicago police spokesman Darryl Baety said the runner collapsed to the ground around 10:30 a.m. while running on city's near South Side. Police said he was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center around noon Sunday.</p><p>A spokesperson for the Cook County medical examiner's office said an autopsy is planned for Monday.</p><p>Meanwhile, Kenya's Moses Mosop set a course record in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and Russia's Liliya Shobukhova claimed the women's title to become the first athlete — male or female — to win the race three years in a row.</p><p>Both runners had no trouble pulling away from the pack on a warm morning to claim their $100,000 prizes. Mosop earned another $50,000 for finishing in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 37 seconds and breaking Sammy Wanjiru's course mark by 4 seconds.</p><p>But there also was another death just four years after a Michigan man with a heart condition died. Authorities say a 35-year-old North Carolina man collapsed about 500 yards from the finish line Sunday morning and was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital.</p><p>The race-time temperature was 64 degrees (17.78 Celsius) and reached the high 70s during the afternoon, the fourth time in five years the weather was unusually warm.</p><p>After the 2007 marathon, organizers improved communication between various agencies and the runners. They also added more water distribution points and medical aid stations.</p><p>The man's death was announced hours after impressive performances by Mosop and Shobukhova.</p><p>"My shape was bad. I was worried about my leg," said Mosop, who's been bothered by a left Achilles tendon problem.</p><p>That didn't prevent a record performance. That didn't prevent a record performance. Mosop easily beat countrymen Wesley Korir (2:06:15) and Bernard Kipyego (2:06:29), with Ethiopia's Bekana Daba (2:07:59) and American Ryan Hall (2:08:04) rounding out the top five.</p><p>Shobukhova also made it look easy in becoming the first the first runner to win three straight titles in Chicago, clocking in at 2:18:20. She was about a minute off Paula Radcliffe's course mark of 2:17:18 set in 2002 and outclassed the rest of the field. Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia took second in 2:22:09 and Japan's Kayoko Fukushi third in 2:24:38.</p><p>Shobukhova outclassed the field on Sunday, with Ejegayehu Dibaba of Ethiopia taking second in 2:22:09 and Japan's Kayoko Fukushi third in 2:24:38. The Russian also probably secured an Olympic berth. Her country's federation will select its team based on the two fastest times posted between Sept. 1 and the end of the year.</p><p>"I'm overwhelmed right now," said Shobukhova, who earned an additional $40,000 for finishing in under 2:20. "You're happy. You're excited. You're shocked."</p><p>Mosop, meanwhile, was spectacular again after a string of impressive performances, raising his arms and pointing toward the crowd as he crossed the finish line at Grant Park.</p><p>He ran the second-fastest 42 kilometers in history in his debut at the Boston Marathon this year, but finished behind fellow Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai in 2:03:06 with a tailwind on a course that doesn't meet specifications for world records. He then set the world mark in the 30,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in June, but his Achilles issue limited his training during the summer.</p><p>Even so, Mosop was hoping to break the course record of 2:05:41 set by the late Wanjiru in 2009, when he won the first of two straight Chicago Marathons. He did just that despite estimating that he was only about 85 percent.</p><p>If he was completely healed?</p><p>"Maybe I'd run in 2:02," he said.</p><p>That's something no one has done, but it's hard to argue with Mosop the way he's been performing.</p><p>Nicknamed "Big Engine" for his powerful technique, Mosop didn't flinch when Korir made a move to break from a five-man pack and led through 18 miles. Instead, he came on like an express train and left everyone else behind.</p><p>"I knew that if I had to make a move, now was the time to make a move," Korir said. "I saw an opportunity, and I was like, 'You know what? I'm going to go.'"</p><p>Mosop, however, went with him, and then, in a flash, he was the one taking control.</p><p>"I wasn't surprised when he came back," Korir said. "At that moment, I was like, 'OK, I'm going to try to stay behind him,' but he kept going."</p><p>There were 45,000 runners registered and 37,400 made the start on a day that seemed made for hanging out by the lake if not running 26.2 miles.</p><p>The race-time temperature was 64 degrees and expected to reach about 80 during the day, the fourth time in five years the weather was unusually warm, but race officials were confident they had the proper procedures in place to prevent and handle any emergencies.</p><p>A Michigan man with a heart condition died four years ago, but since then, organizers have improved communication between various agencies and the runners. They've also added more water distribution points and medical aid stations.</p><p>"Today was humid," Mosop said. "I enjoyed the course very much."</p></p> Sun, 09 Oct 2011 13:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/shobukhova-becomes-first-person-three-peat-chicago-marathon-92993 The Weekly Guide: gearing up for the Chicago Marathon http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/weekly-guide-gearing-chicago-marathon-92928 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-07/Marathon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Sunday, around 40,000 elite and rookie runners are expected to participate in the <a href="http://www.chicagomarathon.com/" target="_blank">Bank of America Chicago Marathon</a>. The<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-marathon-forecast-warm-but-not-extreme-20111007,0,7499184.story" target="_blank"> forecast</a> of summer-like temperatures means runners need a few extra tricks up their sleeves. Many of them will follow the guidance of folks with marathon experience, like <a href="http://www.coachbrendan.com/" target="_blank">Brendan Cournane</a>. The endurance running coach has trained 400 runners for this year's marathon, encouraging them to both hit and get beyond the finish line. In the latest installment of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>, Cournane joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>for a little one-on-one time and with his tips on how Chicagoans can enjoy the marathon weekend.</p><p><em>Music Button: Lord Mouse &amp; the Kalypso Kats, "Rat Race Calypso", (Jump Up records)</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-07/weekly-guide-gearing-chicago-marathon-92928