Cheer Report: Chicago Marathon

As you all know by now, instead of running the marathon today, I was a spectator. Or, rather, I was a cheerleader. I led the American Cancer Society’s cheer station just past mile 18 in Little Italy.

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While I was never actually a cheerleader, I was on the pom squad / dance team in high school, which is close enough. So … once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader … this time I had cowbells instead of pom poms. But I shook them with the same dedication.

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Elite women

Being on the north side of the street meant we were looking directly into the sun and it was hard to get a good pic. AND, I forgot to wer sunscreen and got a little bit of a burn.

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Pete is in the white shirt.

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Eric

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I GOT A FEVER. AND THE ONLY CURE IS … MORE COWBELL.

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El Esposo joined me. I kept babbling on and on about running this, and Rita Jeptoo that and Amy Hastings yadda yadda … I told him this is what it feels like to me when we watch football.

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My cousin came out to support her roomie, Agnes

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This would work very well for me

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American Sweatheart teammate Kate looking good at mile 18

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The Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy ran together.

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My cheer station cheering for the back of the pack. Our cheer station was basically me, my husband, and a group from Hansberry College Prep. They totally got a second wind once it looked like we had reached the back-of-the-pack runners, it was awesome!

Congratulations to all the marathoners, especially first timers Agnes, Meghan, my non-blogging friends Jessica (who I didn’t see, sad face) and Kate!

And even though I didn’t run today, my mentees and I raised a combined $25,853 for the fight against cancer! And my knee is kind of improving?

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10 Comments on “Cheer Report: Chicago Marathon”

  1. Every time the group of runners Channel 5 was following got near mile 18, they’d cut to follow something else or interview someone or go to commercial. 🙁 But glad to know you had a good time — and that your group was so successful in fund-raising.

  2. Ughghghghghghgh true life: I was…somewhere beyond you. Part of me thinks I was somewhere on Ashland headed towards Pilsen, while another part of me thinks I was closer to mile 23. ANYWAY. I’m chugging along in one of these two areas when I think, “MAGGIE. NO. I TOTALLY MISSED HER.” I was so disappointed! Though I was on the other side of the road, because I remember running by the liver…or whatever organ that is. I think it’s a liver. But thanks for coming out and cheering regardless!

    1. I was tracking so many people that I didn’t see, sadly. You, Meghan and Jessica all probably passed me within a few minutes of each other, but I feel like that was still when the crowd of runners was the thickest.

      I think it was a liver promoting Donate Life Illinois. It was getting down at one point, I wish I had gotten video.

  3. Hey, I was Posion Ivy! My husband, friend and I wanna thank you for being out there, supporting. Honestly, the best part of the Chicago Marathon (and why I keep running it) is how awesome the spectators are. Way to cheer 😀

  4. Aww, spectating the marathon is always so much fun! It really is an EVENT! And good point for your husband about football. I’ll have to remember that the next time I try to explain about how excited I am to meet the next running celebrity that comes to Chicago… Haha!

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