Chicago Marathoners Go the Extra Mile

Extra Mile Upsets Marathoners in Chicago (AP)

Any marathon is a grueling test of physical and mental endurance, but Chicago’s Lakeshore Marathon was extra tough this year: The course was inadvertently set a mile too long. More than 500 runners finished the Memorial Day race, running 27.2 miles instead of the standard 26.2.

The long layout of the state’s only spring marathon, as well as problems such as missing mile markers and unstaffed aid stations, led some runners to urge the city to stop issuing permits for the Lakeshore Marathon until it’s under new management.

This gives new meaning to the old expression “missed it by a mile.”

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