By Jon Cohn | Community Contributor
This season, all kinds of special event runs will be conducted right in our neighborhood. As an observer and official admirer from the sidelines during many of these runs, I would like to offer a couple of tips to both participants and spectators.
To runners: For those wearing headphones or earbuds—please don’t! Remember, this is a community run with lots of people cheering you on. Better to enjoy the enthusiasm and spirit from all the participants. It’s so much more fun to soak up the crowd and all its energy.
To spectators: If you can, try to stick around until the end. Many of these long runs have hordes of enthusiastic fans cheering on the fastest runners as they head to the finish line, but after a while, the crowd starts to disappear. Typically, while the last 25 percent of the runners cross the finish line, hardly anyone is left to cheer them on. Kind of sad, really.
After all, these are the runners who probably need encouragement the most. I always try to stay and cheer this group and believe me, they do appreciate it.
Don’t forget the marquee race for New Eastside (at least in the early season) —The Chicago Spring Half Marathon. What started as a small local race in the Lake Shore East Park has grown to become a Chicago-wide event now held at Maggie Daley Park. Mark your calendars for this one. Sunday May 20, race starts at 7 a.m. Last year over 4,000 runners participated.
Oh, and one final piece of advice for the runners—stay away from the guy wearing the “Your pace or mine?” t-shirt.
Cohn-fuscious thought for the month: “In the end, we regret not what we have done, but what we have not done.”
Published May 5