Unlike 2014 to 2017, for this year’s Chicago Marathon I got the chance to watch it on television versus running it. Ten months ago, I shared an article titled My name was not accepted in the Chicago Marathon lottery, which the title speaks for itself.
It was bitter sweet leading up to the event, seeing all the promotions for 2018 Chicago Marathon, considering that I have ran it four years straight. I had to take in consideration that not being accepted may have been due to a certain percentage the race looks for, for entry. Being that the race is located in Chicago and I just so happen to be a resident of Chicago, I feel as though that was a hinderance. I would imagine that since the race is a World Marathon Major the race would like a certain percentage of runners from all over the globe versus a majority from the United States of America.
As a four-time finisher of the Chicago Marathon, I thought to myself that it had to be a bigger reason why I was not selected into the process. However, this does not stop me from entering 2019 Chicago Marathon to continue my goal of becoming a legacy finisher, which I am only one Chicago Marathon away.