Pictured are Kenneth and Maggie Sutor after they completed ...
October 21, 2013
Among the record number of participants in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon were about 50 Mokena residents.
A total of 39,115 runners crossed the finish line at Grant Park in Chicago on Oct. 13, according to a marathon news release. A total of 67 runners registered from Mokena, but finish times were available for 49.
The fastest was Nathan Troester who clocked in at 2 hours and 37 minutes, about 34 minutes slower than Kenya's Dennis Kimetto, who broke the men's record for the race. Troester was the 129th runner to cross the finish line. Rita Jeptoo, also of Kenya, was the fastest woman to complete the race and did so in 2 hours and 19 minutes. According to estimates, about 1.7 million spectators were expected to line the streets of Chicago to cheer on friends and family, but some Mokena residents opted to run right alongside their loved ones.
Husband and wife pair Mary and Brian Cummins have been running for about eight years — ever since their 8-year-old twins were born — but wanted to finish more than a 5K or a half marathon after they both turned 40 this year.
"This was the year we decided to not watch and participate," Mary said.
The pair began actively training in June, using a modified Hal Higdon training regime. It was modified because Brian travels regularly for work, making a training routine difficult.
Mary said with three children, having two people in the house training for a marathon was a challenging dynamic. There were many moments when both questioned their sanity and whether they could really run the more than 26-mile race, Mary said.
The whole family took part in the couple's carb loading two days prior to the race with a visit to Fox's in Mokena. A friend of Mary's came from out of town to watch the couple's children when they went into the city Saturday night to wake up well-rested and ready at 5 a.m. Sunday morning, the day of the race.
Friends and family, including Mary's 80-year-old mother, came into the city joining hundreds of thousands of other spectators to stand at mile markers 10 and 20 to cheer on the couple as they ran by.
"It was great to have friends and family there," Mary said. "It really made all the difference in the world."
She said both she and her husband made it through without any major problems, aside from the expected fatigue and a little cramping. Crossing the finish line was a euphoric feeling and gave Mary a great sense of accomplishment, she said.
"I just feel lucky and blessed that I was able to do it," she said. "I am definitely thinking about [doing it again] next year."
"Not so much," Mary said, due to his challenging travel schedule.
"It definitely helps to have someone with you," said Maggie Sutor of Mokena who trained for and ran the Chicago Marathon with her father Kenneth. "We kind of forced each other to keep going."
The Oct. 13 marathon was Kenneth's third; he ran in the 2009 Chicago Marathon, his time qualifying for the Boston Marathon in 2010. But in his daughter's first marathon, she crossed the finish line 20 minutes ahead of him.
"I'm happy," he said of his finish time of three hours and 58 minutes. "My goal was to stay under four hours. I'll just try harder next time."
Maggie, 22, said she's planning for a next time.
"They're kind of addicting," she said of marathons.
Maggie ran track and cross country as a student at Lincoln-Way East High School. She also ran middle distances for Missouri State University, so the training wasn't difficult. And she said it helped to have her dad by her side to talk to and train with.
But after the 26.2 mile-race, she was exhausted.
"I was excited I finished, but I was beat," she said.
From a runner's standpoint, the biggest difference in this year's marathon from Kenneth's last one in 2009 was that friends and family weren't allowed near the finish line, a a security measure adopted after the bombings at the Boston Marathon earlier this year. He said the spectators were more likely to notice the heightened police and safety official prescense this year.
The father-daughter duo shared in the intense, 13-week training process that included spinning classes at the Oaks Fitness & Recreation Center and in the carb binge the day before the race at Gatto's Restaurant & Bar, a New Lenox Italian eatery and a favorite spot of the Lincoln-Way East girls track and cross country teams.
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