Monday, October 08, 2007

RF Reports: The Battle of Chicago



You know...as a fan of all things media and reporting, that was a strangely interesting experience seeing an average marathon turn into a national story. Yahoo! had it on their homepage feed, Drudge had it up once the Midland runner was confirmed to have died on the course, DetNews, Freep, Chicago everything, NYT...

It was particularly interesting to see how much good detail a person in LA could get from a mix of traditional Web media, user-generated content (photos, etc) on big sites and the blogs and forums of runners in the event or watching.

For first hand accounts, read my brother's extensive account in the comments of the post just after this one (he went to watch) and/or hear all about it from the increasingly heroic Sheri Hall on her blog (plus you can read about her and Paul's move to ATL, which is also a tale of overcoming extreme heat and humidity, I suppose.)

7 comments:

Sharon said...

First of all, your blog is hilarious and you did a fantastic job tracking Sheri over various electronic devices. Kudos to you.

Secondly, I too want to congratulate Sheri and Craig for their fantastic finished - keeping up that pace in the heat is unbelievable.

Sheri and I did this together (I'm her college roommate) and I finished at 6 hours. Granted, I'm not the physical speciman Sheri is, but I was just thrilled to be able to cross the finish line. The fact that she ran her race without regard to the heat is a huge testament to the type of person she is - determined and stubborn. Thanks for covering the race and recognizing how insane it really was out there.

Cheers,
Sharon

Brent said...

Should that be "passings out?" ; )

Brent said...

Crap! Comment intended for next post... Argh.

M. Writer Hudson said...

Someone fell in the copy editor trap. I thought...FOR SURE...it would have been Gaines, but I was hoping for a Rotan.

Dr. Hot Crap said...

As a multi-marathoner, I have to say that yesterday's conditions in Chicago were likely the most brutal for runners.

The Athens marathon during the Olympics a few years back was similar: soup-like humidity, cauldron-like temperatures, runners dropping like the impossibly overmatched flies they were.

Kudos to whomever ran and finished that race. Great job!

Craig said...

It sure is hot here in the upper Midwest. So hot, in fact, that for the past two nights I was sleepy after only ONE MARTINI. Utterly exhausting.

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Joking aside, a hearty RF Huzzah! to Sheri and Craig. Further, kudos to Hudson for some great blogging. Who says you can't do shoe-leather reporting from your own couch? I knew I left RF in good hands.

somebodytogobackintimewith said...

I'm catching up on my RF-reading this morning, and would like to belatedly thank everybody for the e-love.

I also would like to congratulate Sheri on her fine run. Based on her blog it seems like she spent months preparing for anything. Which is good because that's what we got. . .