Bringing Up the Rear, With Beer

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    Marcus Riley

    Marathons present an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for charitable causes. Like breast cancer research. Or autism fundraising.

    Or your own binge drinking.

    Three Beers For the Marathon!

    [CHI] Three Beers For the Marathon!
    Check out the inventive way a couple of runners brought their love of beer together with a 26.2 mile jaunt in the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

    At least one pair of costumed competitors in the 2009 Chicago Marathon -- Molly, clad in a rubber keg, and John, decked out with a faux beer pong table -- decided they'd draw attention to their love of the sudsy stuff.

    "Well, because John and I didn't properly train," said Molly, as she was running the course, slowly, with her partner John. "We tend to drink a lot on the weekends so we thought, well, we're going as beer and beer pong."

    Of course. Way to practice that old runner's maxim: if you can't beat them, ridicule their ascetic dedication.

    "We did a couple of [training] runs," Molly said, "but we didn't do the proper amount of runs at all."

    Marathon Cheerleaders Let It Roll

    [CHI] Marathon Cheerleaders Let It Roll
    These boys may have cold legs in their miniskirts, but they're keeping things hot for runners in the 2009 Chicago Marathon.

    John, run-jogging alongside, clarified: "Five."

    Asked how they felt, Molly half-smiled.

    "I've felt better, but I'm making it."