Chicago Marathon

It’s less than a month for Chicago Marathon. While preparing some images for an editorial coming in the next few weeks I found some images to remind me how great to run this city.

Some numbers from 2013 race:

129 — Countries represented in 2013, 14 more than last year. Eighty-five countries have more participants than in 2012.

10,264 — Number of participants from outside the U.S., or about 23 percent of the field. That’s 40 percent more than the international contingent last year, highlighting the race’s growing global reputation.

6 — Number of U.S. states with more participants this year than last year (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island), though all 50 states are represented.

69 — Number of wheelchair participants, more than double the number who entered last year.

77,760 — Gallons of water given out along the course during the race, or about 1.7 gallons per runner. That’s only about 10,000 gallons less than the amount of water in the Caribbean Reef exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium. There are 1.3 million cups used for water along the course and 1.1 million cups used for Gatorade.

1,500 — Number of “medical personnel” on hand during the race and, incidentally, the number of porta-potties along the course.

35.3 — Average age of female runners, who make up 44.9 percent of the field. The 25- to 29-year-old age range is the most popular (4,455 women). There are 211 women running who are age 19 or younger and one woman older than 74.

39.2 — Average age of male runners, who make up 55.1 percent of the field. The 30- to 34-year-old age range is the most popular (4,147 men). There are 194 men running who are age 19 or younger and six men running who are 80 or older.

1.7 million — Estimated number of spectators along the 26.2-mile course, which runs through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.

12,000 — Number of participants running for a charity (140 “teams”), or just more than a quarter of the field. Charity runners set an event record last year by raising $15.3 million, adding to the total raised from the Chicago Marathon since 2002 to about $100 million.