Moving and Grooving at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 1:52am

Music and running are undeniably intertwined, so it’s no surprise that Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is one of the city’s most popular runs. Approximately 20,000 runners and 40,000 supporters took to the streets as nearly 30 bands and DJs kept everyone in high spirits. 

As a Bar and Nightlife Xpert and travel blogger, running is my "recovery" activity but thanks to a bum knee, the closest I could get to running was walking the course with my camera.

 

And they’re off! 29 “corrals” left the starting line and spaced out the runners.

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Running alongside adults two-three times his age, one the youngest runners kicked off his Rock ‘n’ Roll running career with the “mini-marathon” (aka 5k).

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Runners cut by some of Chicago’s best Loop landmarks like the Chicago Theatre, the Board of Trade, City Hall, the Federal Reserve and down Michigan Avenue.

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And Jamba Juice Bananas, flappers and "Bulls" players could be seen every few minutes.

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40,000 fans lined the streets holding signs and waiting for sweaty hugs. 

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Rocking the corner of Jackson and Michigan Ave, the Lululemon DJ and crew were top notch! []

 

Success!! At the finish line, everyone celebrates differently.

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The Mich Ultra Beer Garden: Arguably the sweatiest “bar” in the city. (My friends and me - on the right.)

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After running past most of Chicago's downtown landmarks, a photo with Cloudgate capped off the experience.

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But sometimes all you need is a slab of concrete and shade before.

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