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We need tips and tricks for running the Chicago marathon

Trying to smile through the pain as I cross the finish line of my first (and so far only) marathon in 2017. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Erdody/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Hi, Axios Editor Lindsey Erdody here.

ChicagoansI need your help.

  • I’m about to be a first-time Chicago marathon runner, and with a race day less than a month away, I’ve naturally started panicking.
  • And not just about having to run 26.2 freaking miles.

Catch up quick: The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Oct. 9, with about 40,000 runners expected to descend upon downtown.

Details: I’m fairly familiar with downtown Chicago, but I don’t live here and am far from an expert.

  • My cheering section is probably even less familiar with the Windy City than I am, and they’re the poor souls who have to navigate the course to find me.

The ask: What’s your best advice for a newbie like me?

  • What’s the best strategy for spectators, or the best way to get around that weekend?
  • Is there a secret to navigating the marathon packet pickup?

But, most important: Where should I eat dinner the night before the race?

  • Monica has already suggested Monteverde and Tortello for great pasta β€” but are there other places I should consider? I want lots of carbs. Like no-way-you-should-eat-that-much amounts of carbage.

πŸ“¬ Send me your tips and tricks at [emailΒ protected] or by replying.

  • I’ll share the advice before race day.

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