Okay, i was incorrect. you can't receive "real time" results unless you are there in Chicago at one of the many update screens throughout the marathon track. BUT there are several ways you can be updated on how i'm doing Sunday. On the chicago marathon website i posted in the previous blog, click on the "spectator" link to the left of the home page. then down the list of links you'll see "runner tracking and updates". there are several options there. my bib number is 46213.
there are "pacing teams".. individuals who carry a big sign with a time on it (the time in which you plan to finish the marathon). the fastest time is 3:00 (three hours) - however the elite runner will be finishing much fast than that (2 to 2 1/2 hours). the last pacer is 5:45 (5 hours, 45 minutes). and there will certainly be many people who don't finish in that time. but since my 'planned' race time is 5 hours, i will certainly be near the end of the pack, since there are only two pacers behind my position. my hope is that with all the excitement and motivation i can finish a little fast than that, but, i need to be satisfied with just being able to finish again. but if i can't do it in 5 hours, i'll be disappointed.