Since 1977, the race has overtaken the city’s streets every fall in a stampede of athleticism, grit, and antichafing balm. Here’s how all that pavement pounding adds up.
Collective miles run
Times it was downgraded to a half marathon (because of sponsorship woes in 1987)
Increase in the registration fee over four decades
Temperature at the start of the 1988 marathon, the coldest ever
People (all men) who’ve completed every race
Ounces of Goose Island 312 guzzled by runners at the finish line