Marathon brings thousands of visitors, big business to Chicago - FOX 35 News Orlando

Marathon brings thousands of visitors, big business to Chicago

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Sunday's Chicago Marathon is one of the world's six big long-distance races this year. It's also big business, attracting so many visitors that many hotels, motels and restaurants are completely booked this weekend.

Thousands of runners arrived Friday to scope out the course and to pick up their race packet. Those who've registered come from all 50 states, with more than 10,000 coming from overseas. Emotions are rising.

As Kara Goodbrand and tens of thousands of other runners passed through McCormick Place collecting their Chicago Marathon race packets today, it was a golden opportunity for those marketing shoes, fitness-oriented gear and gadgets and stamina snacks and drinks of every sort.

"Excited, nervous, a little bit like ‘I don't know what to expect!' but I'm looking forward to it, though," Goodbrand says of her first upcoming marathon race."

A University of Illinois study paid for by race sponsor Bank of America found that last year's 2012 Marathon generated $98 million in direct spending, with another $145 million indirect: $243 million total.

With the city's hospitality industry riding a record-breaking tide of visitors this year, they're hoping this weekend's marathon will bring in even bigger bucks. Officials are spending more on security in the wake of terrorism at the Boston Marathon that killed three and injured 260.

"Knowing there's that much security around the finish area, and throughout even the checkpoints coming in, the fact that you have to clear your plastic bag with someone, makes me feel a lot more comfortable," one woman from Canada said.

More than a million and a half people may turn out to watch, but they won't be allowed near the finish line without credentials.

Follow Us!

Share Your Sports Photos & Video

Submit Your Sports Photos

Share Your Photos & Video

  • SportsMore>>

  • Dyson, Gore score in 9th as Royals beat White Sox

    Dyson, Gore score in 9th as Royals beat White Sox

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:59 AM EDT2014-09-16 04:59:32 GMT
    Pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore scored in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
    Pinch-runners Jarrod Dyson and Terrance Gore scored in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
  • Bears' Charles Tillman placed on IR

    Bears' Charles Tillman placed on IR

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:45:49 GMT
    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering another injury to his right triceps muscle Sunday night versus the 49ers.
    Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman was placed on season-ending injured reserve after suffering another injury to his right triceps muscle Sunday night versus the 49ers.
  • Bears fans still thrilled by Sunday night comeback

    Bears fans still thrilled by Sunday night comeback

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:43:19 GMT
    Fans who stayed up to watch the Bears vs. 49ers game Sunday night got a pleasant surprise.
    Fans who stayed up to watch the Bears vs. 49ers game Sunday night got a pleasant surprise.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices