I’ve arrived safely at the Hilton Hotel here on Michigan Avenue. As the official host hotel of the Chicago Marathon, there’s a lot of activity here: The Nike pop-up store in the lobby, daily warm-up runs, a travel desk and the Marathon logo all over the place (even on the room keys–nice branding!). It feels like race central, and it is. Ran into Kenyan elite runner Vincent Kirpruto in the lobby tonight, along with Miriam, his agent. She says he’s fit and ready. That’s saying something, considering he’s run 2:05:47. It’s also worth noting that Wesley Korir, our 2009 LA Marathon champion, is racing here. I have to say that I’ll be rooting for him, if it’s possible to do that while I’m out huffing and puffing at my 9:00 pace!
Will be up first thing in the am for a warm-up run, then it’s off to the Expo at McCormick Place. If any of you are here, please come visit us at BOOTH 689. I’ll be there both days, and Russ will be joining me on Saturday.