Interview with Bank of America Chicago Marathon finisher Steve Clark
Steve Clark ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday October 11, 2009. The Marathon ran through the beautiful Grant Park at 7:30am. The Chicago Marathon had a total of 8 Get Kids Going! runners who raised money for the disabled youth who want sport wheelchairs, so they can participate!
How did it go?
The marathon went really well. I am very pleased. I wanted to break three hours, and my time was 2 hours and 58 minutes. I was happy to break my goal, and I was really happy with the amount of money I raised. Overall Iím hoping to raise £5,000. The ballots are still coming in of course, but from what has come in so far thatís what I hope to have raised.
How was the weather?
The weather was really cold. I think the temperature was at negative 4 degrees. But the runners handled the weather well. It was not too bad once you got started running, because you warmed you up. The spectators were really cold.
Why Chicago? Why fly from England to the United States to run?
Well I used to have a work office in Chicago and thatís why we all run there. (he ran with some friends) Plus, secretly I heard it was a very flat race, so I really liked the thought of that.
How big was the race? And how many Get Kids Going! runners were there?
The race had over 35,000 runners from all over the world. I donít know how many Get Kids Going! runners there were because I went with two of my friends. But I did see people wearing the shirts and heard the Get Kids Going! name around.
How many marathons have you run?
Iíve run two marathons, and my buddy has run three. I ran in the London Marathon last year and then the Chicago Marathon this year.
Did you run both run for the Get Kids Going! Team?
Yes I ran with the Get Kids Going! team the past two runs. The London Marathon I ran for two different charities, Get Kids Going! and a cancer charity. I really love what Get Kids Going! stands for! Every time I tell people about the charity they love it! People think itís a great cause.
Why did you decide to run for Get Kids Going!?
Get Kids Going! is a great cause! This may or may not be politically correct but ďWeíre running for kids that canítĒ thatís what my little team always says to themselves. The program is for a brilliant cause. It really strikes a chord for people with kids. I have a few kids, so the cause is close to me. I like to see kids being able to play sports. Overall between the cause and the organizers, the Get Kids Going! Charity is brilliant.
So overall the race was successful?
Overall the race was the most excellent! Brilliant almost! It was the best race I have run. I am happy with my race time and I was happy to run!
Congratulations on your Success! And I wish you more success in the future
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