I spent the entire day in our booth at the Chicago Expo meeting marathoners from all over the world. It was so interesting that I felt compelled to shoot photos of some of the runners I met. It was a virtual UN of running, with so many countries represented. This is but a small sampling of my new international friends.
San Antonio, TX
Lisa used to live in LA, and she's running to raise money for Livestrong.
Ken is studying to be a teacher and ran LA 4 years ago.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
They both work in the finance industry and run together.
Colin & Kristin Cooley
Hermosa Beach, CA
Both aiming to run sub-3:20 in Chicago.
Bakhtar Lahcen, 42
Chahid Basidi, 63
Bakhtar has run the legendary Marathon des Sables, and they travel the world running marathons.
Benedicte Toto, 29
Cecile Canuel, 35
They are next door to us in the Expo working at the Paris Marathon booth.
Jay Madhure, 61
He's run 20 consecutive LA Marathons.
Athit Thongphithak, 52
Prayut Thongphithak, 48
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Running Chicago for the first time.
Neal Glynn, 75
About to run his 37th marathon.
Mexico City, Mexico
Pablo is a former elite runner with PRs of 28:20 in the 10K and 13:44 in the 5K.
Rohit Vasa, 62
This will be his 55th marathon.
Charles Sayles, 72
After Sunday's race, Charles will have run at least 2 marathons in each of 50 states.
Bill is the elite coordinator for the LA Marathon, among other events.
They both want to move to LA!