Sunday, October 09, 2005


John Ruberry, our man at Marathon Pundit, live blogged the Chicago Marathon Sunday as he ran in it. I followed the event as it unfolded at his mobile blog site and found it to be quite interesting. Technology is simply amazing these days.

John not only blogged the marathon live, he was part of a group of runners(3) with the job of setting the pace for other runners. New Balance sponsored them. Their goal was to set a pace of 3 hours 30 minutes. Running, blogging, and setting the pace--a big job if you ask me. The bad news is they missed their goal; they came in at 3 hours 30 minutes and 10 SECONDS. He just had to take that last picture.

This year's Chicago Marathon was to have the "runaway bride" competing, bib #37278, but John couldn't locate her and thinks she may have been a no-show. Probably in Las Vegas. She'll turn up; she always does.

If you aren't familiar with John's site, you should be. It's a daily read for me. John has his finger on the pulse of everything Illinois and much of the surrounding area. Some of the topics he covers you'll find in the media, however, much of it isn't--that's the good stuff. It seems that Illinois, politically, is going to hell in a hand basket, so John has his hands full with many subjects to blog about.

For live blogging this event, I wouldn't be surprised if John gets a write-up in one of the runners' mags. I thought it was a great idea and was impressed at how well it turned out--looking forward to your next idea, John.

P.S.: I think Pam should live blog her trip into the city and give an up-close and personal look at what that's like these days. Just an idea.

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