How the organizers of the Chicago Marathon successfully ferried pedestrians across the course during the race

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Organizing and executing a successful marathon in a large city like Chicago is not an easy task. Planning starts the day after the previous year’s marathon and continues for a full year; right up to the day of the race. There is a seemingly endless list of factors to consider:

A narrative poem

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Make for base camp
at the break of dawn
shorts and boots
a t-shirt and a 50-pound pack
sun shining
the reflection
causing sweat to bead on the brow
post-holing through
the soft wet snow
making for high camp
at 10,000 feet

Finally pulling into
the temporary base
sore and exhausted
but nothing…

Mike Scarpiello

Interaction designer, writer, musician, poet, humorist, mountaineer, world traveler, bull runner, music junkie, craft beer enthusiast.

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