Deena Kastor 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist As a professional runner for more than a decade, Deena has set numerous American and world records but never attained a marathon victory. A 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist in the womens marathon, Deena set her marathon sights on the Chicago Marathon before trying out for the 2008 Olympic Games.
Leah Caille First-time Marathoner Picking up the pieces from her failed marriage, single-mother Leah found herself at an all-time low. Leah regained health and happiness by joining a running program and completing many races before deciding to train for and run the Chicago Marathon.
Gerald Jerry Meyers Four-time Marathoner Jerry has been a runner since the 1970s but never ran a marathon until he was 65. He races in the Chicago Marathon at 70 years old with his 40-year-old daughter who was inspired to train for the marathon by her fathers marathon accomplishments.
Daniel Njenga World Class Marathoner A native of Nyahururu, Kenya, Daniel lives and trains in Japan where he is a two-time winner of the Tokyo International Marathon. Daniel has finished in the top three in the Chicago Marathon for six consecutive years with a personal best of 2:06:16 which ranks him as one of the all-time fastest runners in the world.
Lori OConnor First-time Marathoner Lori, a Northwestern University student persuing her doctorate in sociology, trained for four months to race in the Chicago Marathon while raising funds for Genesis of Pittsburgh, the non-profit adoption agency that matched her with a family as an infant.
Ryan Bradley Boston Marathon Hopeful Ryans participation in and completion of the Chicago Marathon will ultimately help him reach his goal of running in the Boston Marathon a goal he previously missed by 11 seconds. Cameras follow Ryan as he trains for the Chicago Marathon and ultimately experiences the marathon in a way he never imagined.
I'll go first...
I identify with Ryan the most, since last year I was training for the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon with hopes of running it with my brother who was traveling out here to run the race with me and I ended up sidelined with Achilles tendonitis from over training. So I cheered him on as a spectator and it was a very difficult experience though I must admit, I learned so much from going through it all and it ultimately introduced me to the sport of triathlon. So, what about you??
I identify with Ryan. I felt his pain when he was sidelined. It had to be tough to hand out gatorade while everyone else was running. I've been running on the ragged edge to avoid injury but I'm sure I'm one too many long runs away from over training! But I admire his competitive spirit. The big difference is I'm much farther away from BQ!
Lori. Hands down. I am the same age as her. This is my first marathon ever. And I am adopted as well.
Spirit of the Marathon was the most inspiring movie I have EVER seen and I cannot wait for my first experience. Dear god I hope this comes out on DVD.