More than 18,000 runners took the streets of the Windy City for the half marathon and 10K which started in Grant Park. The fast and scenic course gave runners a first-class tour of downtown with epic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, Chicago River and more. Neely Spence Gracey returned to claim her second title in a row on this course while Tyler Pence won the race for the men. In true Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion, live, local bands lined the course to keep them moving. Once crossing the finish line, runners and spectators celebrated at the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series featuring the New Orleans jazz group,Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Women’s running pioneer, Kathrine Switzer, was on hand to cheer on runners as they finished after finishing the 5K on Saturday. Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon starting the fight to overcome gender stereotypes. Her foundation, 261 Fearless – named after the original bib number she ran with — supports women in the sport of running and is one of the featured charities of the weekend. Through her partnership with Humana, the 70-year-old is now focused on inspiring seniors to achieve their best health and experience all life has to offer.