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First-time marathoners beware of ‘Mount Roosevelt’

Attention first timers of the Chicago Marathon: despite what you may have heard, the racecourse isn’t totally flat.

As exhausted runners enter the 26th mile — within earshot of cheers coming from the finish line — the cement will slowly and cruelly rise underfoot.

Say hello to “Mount Roosevelt.”

The 700-foot stretch along Roosevelt between Columbus and Michigan rises 23 feet and can be a challenging and unexpected obstacle for lovers of level land.

But know this: once crested, the finish line is in sight.

Also, take comfort in the fact you’re not dealing with Boston Marathon’s formidable 88-foot, nearly half-mile long energy zapper known as Heartbreak Hill.



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