CHICAGO | Executive race director Carey Pinkowski had to chuckle when asked if the Chicago Marathon, HIS Chicago Marathon, has become an obsession.
Chicago Marathon Executive Director and Hammond native Carey Pinkowski, left, interviews women's champion Rita Jeptoo of Kenya at last year's race.
Race fans cheer on the early leaders at last year's Chicago Marathon, which drew 45,000 runners.
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.
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.
Tim Keough, a jolly old soul while retired and living in Arizona, told friends in Northwest Indiana that he often was "booked" making appearances as Santa Claus at the local stores during Christmas.
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.
At what age are legends made? Would Sammy Wanjiru, at 24, already qualify for such lofty status?
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 Olympic Trials?
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