Track Meets, Road Races, and Marathons, Oh My!

2019's Chicago Marathon happens October 13. We've blogged about the history of the Chicago Marathon with posts on Chicago's first marathon in 1905 and Chicago's first modern marathon in 1977. This year we celebrate the sport of running with an image gallery of Chicagoans of all ages and abilities lacing up their running shoes.

Whether you're thinking about signing up for one of those couch to 5K programs, are busily training for this year's 26.2 or are somewhere in between, these photos from Chicago's past will inspire you to keep on running. (And so will the recommendations in our Get Ready for the (Chicago) Marathon booklist.)

Want to see more? Check out running photos in our Chicago Park District Photograph Digital Collection or come into Special Collections in person.

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