Chicago Marathon by Raymond Britt
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On Saturday, September 23, 1905, fifteen determined runners bolted at the sound of the starter's gun to begin an amazing journey of distance and endurance: the first Chicago Marathon. Huge crowds witnessed a thrilling race that had it all: action, disaster, suspense, a fallen favorite, and a cliff-hanger ending. It was epic, defining a new chapter in Chicago's athletic history. More than a century later, each year Chicago welcomes nearly 40,000 inspiring runners-from the world's best to complete novices-who will start, discover, battle, and ultimately finish something they once thought impossible, even ridiculous: the Chicago Marathon, all 26 miles, 385 yards. This book takes the reader into the marathon experience, including the sights, sounds, emotions, challenges, and achievements.

About Raymond Britt

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Raymond Britt is managing partner of WinSight Ventures, founder and publisher of, and a proud 12-time Chicago Marathon finisher.
Published September 16, 2009 by Arcadia Publishing. 128 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction