Thursday, October 7, 2010

Don't Be Tardy for This Party

Whether you're running the 2010 Chicago Marathon on Sunday or you're simply a runner who wants to enjoy this awesome return-to-summer weather, you need to make your way to Niketown at 669 N. Michigan Avenue tonight. Actually, even if you're not a runner, the motivation at tonight's fun run might make you want to start. Going with tradition--at least for the last five years, maybe longer--Niketown is holding its annual pep rally that precedes its Thursday Run Club fun run. Here's what you'll find tonight to kick off the run:
  • a question-and-answer session and autograph signings with elite Nike Athletes, including Sammy Wanjiru, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Chris Solinsky and Amy Yoder-Begley. Wanjiru won last year's race, Samuelson won in 1985 and returns this year to celebrate her win's 25th anniversary, Solinsky is a 14-time All American, and Yoder-Begley is an Olympian. Have any questions about race day? This group can provide good answers and worthy tips.
  • Appearance by the winners of the 2009 Northside Southside High School Challenge. Also keep in mind, this fun challenge will be racing 2.62 miles toward the finish line on Sunday after the runners have set off for their 26.2-mile run through the city.
  • check out the marathon-themed merchandise and maybe make a few purchases before going to the expo, like some warm-weather wares. No huge lines, plenty of sizes and maybe even a few things you won't see at this weekend's expo. My favorite? Look for the Chicago hot dog tee.
  • watch the unveiling of the Michigan Avenue windows featuring the names of all 45,000 participants in Sunday’s race. Maybe you'll even spot your own.
After the festivities, Nike Run Club will depart for a two-mile taper run to get those legs loose for 10-10-10. Talk about a perfect way to wrap up training. Ready, set, go!

Photo grabbed from Nike Run Club Chicago.

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