Come Cheer on runners at the 2012 Chicago Marathon with the GSLA!

Join Your South Loop Friends

Join the Greater South Loop Association, your friends and neighbors on Sunday, October 7 at 8 a.m., in cheering marathon runners as they pass through the South Loop. We’ll be gathering at 1471 S. Michigan Ave. (the lot just north of Weathermark Tavern). We’ll have noisemakers to hand out, give-aways, $1 temporary tattoos, and music from DJ and South Loop resident T.J. Sagen. We’re positioned less than two miles from the finish line, which only adds to the fun. GiGi’s Bake Shop will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth with her homemade cupcakes and treats. If you need something more substantial, Weathermark Tavern is just next door. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs to watch the race and enjoy the day with us!


Part of Chicago History

The Chicago Marathon has a storied history. Back in the late-1970s, a few visionary folk thought Chicago could support a marathon-style foot race and organized the first mega race in the city, the Ravenswood Bank Lakefront 10-Mile Run in May 1977. Organizers were expecting between 200-300 participants, but on race day there were over 1,000 runners. Mayor Michael Bilandic, a runner himself, ran the race and along with his wife, handed out awards to the winners. With the mayor’s support and the success of the mega race, the idea for a Chicago Marathon was born.

Largest Marathon in the World

On September 25, 1977, the first Mayor Daley Marathon made its debut. Over 4,200 runners participated, making the Chicago Marathon the largest marathon in the world. The registration fee in 1977 was $5. Dan Cloeter (2:17:52) from Indiana and Dorothy Doolittle (2:50:47) from Texas, became the first male and female winners respectively out of 2,128 finishers.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Post contributed by Stephen Reginald, South Loop Connection