Chicago Marathon

Ali on the Run Show Episode 670: My 2023 Chicago Marathon Weekend Recap

“This weekend brought me back to life in a way that I didn’t even realize I needed so badly.”

By some kind of miracle, I made it to the 2023 Chicago Marathon! Not to run it, though: I was in town (for the first time!) as one of the finish line announcers on race day. The whole weekend was a dream, from the first post-surgery run to the Abbott Chicago 5K (I ran it!) to the friendships and emotional moments to, of course, race day.


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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • What life looked like before heading to the 2023 Chicago Marathon (3:00)
  • All about Friday, including my first post-surgery run (!!!), the elite athlete press conference, walking Rivers (!!!), and the welcome reception (20:45)
  • Saturday: running Abbott Chicago 5K, trying to see The Bean, dim sum in Chinatown, and laughing late into the night (44:45)
  • Recapping Chicago Marathon race day, from the world records to the final finishers (1:02:30)
  • Listener Q&A (1:22:40)

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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