Yesterday about 45,000 runners set out to complete the Chicago Marathon. And of those 45,000 marathoners, two runners are making headlines for very different reasons.
The first, sadly, is Capt. William Caviness, a Greensboro, N.C., firefighter who collapsed about 500 yards from the finish line of the Chicago Marathon and was pronounced dead at a hospital soon after, according to The Los Angeles Times. The father of two children and a veteran marathon runner, the cause of death has not yet been determined.
The second notable — and happier — running story was that of Amber Miller who walked and ran the Chicago Marathon 39 weeks pregnant with her doctor's clearance, and then gave birth following the race. Miller began having contractions at the end of the race, and ended up giving birth to a healthy baby girl later that evening.
Have you ever run a marathon? Would you? Do you know anyone who ran the Chicago Marathon?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.