October 12, 2014 marks the 37th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon. It is considered one of the six World Marathon Majors as well as Boston, New York, Berlin, London and Tokyo. The first race held in Chicago was on September 25, 1977 under the original name Mayor Daley Marathon with 4,200 participants. Now the marathon has around 45,000 runners, but only participants clocking in less than 6.5 hours are timed. In 2008, the marathon’s name was changed from LaSalle Bank to Bank of America. That year 37,455 runners completed the race giving it the highest completion at that time. The men’s course record is by Dennis Kimetto with 2:03:45 in 2013 and the women’s is by Paula Radcliffe with 2:17:18 in 2002.
The marathon begins at Grant Park and runs through 29 of the Chicago’s neighborhoods. The race is sectioned into three parts the North, West and South passing Chicago’s main stadiums such as Wrigley Field, United Center and US Cellular Field. There will be 20 aid stations and medical staff every 1-3 miles with ambulances throughout the course in case of emergency.
Participants train for a very long time to make sure they are qualified for this race since it is 26.2 miles. Not only are they dedicated to finish they also raise money for charities such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Heart Association, Out of the Darkness and The Anti-Cruelty Society. If you wish to donate to a great cause click here to view all the charities for the marathon.
Also, if you want to attend the race but not exactly sure where to go here is the marathon’s course map with cheering zone information. ParkJockey has parking locations all over the city so once you figure out where you want to view the race type the address into the search bar on the home page and the closest parking locations will appear.
Good luck to everyone participating in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Hope everyone has a great and safe time!-ParkJockey
World class professional boxing is returning to US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox August 23, 2014, starting at 6:00 PM. Local fight promoters, Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions signed on to stage this event at the South Side stadium. Last year’s event attracted 8,200 fans for the first outdoor boxing match in over a century.
The fights marked the first outdoor boxing event since 1962 at Comiskey Park when Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson to win the World’s heavyweight title.
This time around, Chicago’s own Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 22 Kos) will be fighting for the Super Middleweight World Title against Dyah Davis of Coconut Creek, Florida. Both of the boxing promoters for this event, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and Frank Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions signed George to their contract. When George won his first Golden Gloves championship it was Bobby Hitz who presented him with his trophy.
Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions just recently started working together in 2013. Hitz holds the record for longest running boxing promoter in Chicagoland.
Two other hometown boxing favorites representing Chicago are Frankie “Time Bomb” Scalise and Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez.
The boxing event is presented by B96 and will be hosted by The J Show’s very own J Niice and Showbiz Shelly. If you get to the park early on Saturday B96 will be hosting a live tailgate event for all the fans. If you do not have you tickets you can purchase them here.
Once you get your tickets for the event then you can purchase parking with Park Jockey at the McClellan school here!
You can also receive $5.00 off by using the promo code BOX14.