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CHICAGO | Deena Kastor set an “unreachable goal” for herself leading up to the 38th annual Chicago Marathon, and then the 2005 women’s champio…

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Carey Pinkowski sure knows how to throw a party.

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  • Al Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, 219-933-4154

CHICAGO | Executive race director Carey Pinkowski had to chuckle when asked if the Chicago Marathon, HIS Chicago Marathon, has become an obsession.

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Chicago Marathon Executive Director and Hammond native Carey Pinkowski, left, interviews women's champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya at last year's race.

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Race fans cheer on the early leaders at last year's Chicago Marathon, which drew 45,000 runners.

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  • Al Hamnik Times Columnist

There is room for others on the big stage. That's what makes sports so appealing. It's not a snooty, private club with VIP parking only.

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  • Paul Oren Times Correspondent

CHICAGO| There were more police officers and certainly more fences, but plenty more runners were there as well.

It's no wonder Carey Pinkowski has an office phone, a business cell phone and a personal cell phone.

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  • Al Hamnik Times Columnist

Tim Keough, a jolly old soul while retired and living in Arizona, told friends in Northwest Indiana that he often was "booked" making appearan…

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You could sense the shock and deep sadness in Carey Pinkowski's voice as if he were sitting next you at a Starbucks, baring his soul.

  • By Al Hamnik Times Columnist

At what age are legends made? Would Sammy Wanjiru, at 24, already qualify for such lofty status?

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  • By Al Hamnik Times Columnist

What's any marathon without one Chilean miner trapped underground for 69 days and a Denver go-go dancer already having qualified for the 2012 …