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Reno Deaton, Greer Development Corp. executive director, ran and completed his first marathon in Chicago on Sunday.
Deaton said he went into the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon to prove he could run it and to cross the finish line. “I’m thrilled to have finished,” Deaton said. “It was hot during the race.”
The temperature was officially 64 degrees at the 7:30 a.m. start and climbed to 77 by noon. Deaton was among the 35,628 runners (from 45,000 entrants) who completed the race, second most to the record set last year with 36,088 finishers.
Officials estimated 1.8 million spectators lined the 26.2-mile course. “Chicago was very welcoming to the racers,” Deaton said. “There were so many people crowded deep and along the entire route. It reminded me of the Tour de France.”
Deaton said the race was challenging. “Right now I’m not sure I will do another one. I finished and I feel healthy.”