Chicago Marathon Veteran, 72, Will Be Back When Race Returns

Randy Burt of Antioch
Photo credit Randy Burt of Antioch (courtesy: Randy Burt)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Marathon has been cancelled, but some runners are taking it in stride.

WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller talks with one veteran participant.

They call them the “Alumni Runners” — the four men who have run the Chicago Marathon every time it’s been on.

That’s 42 years.

One of the Alumni Runners is 81 years old. One is 70. Two are 72.  

Randy Burt of Antioch is one of the 72-year-olds. His goal is to run 50 Chicago Marathons.

“Let’s see,” Burt says, refiguring the math. “I was going to be 79, but now I’ll be 80.”

October 11 was going to be marathon day here in Chicago this year. It’s officially off. 

Burt says he’s going to keep training.

“On October 11, 2020, I will run 26.2 miles here on my home run-course, and just do a little cheer — a silent cheer — for the Chicago Marathon.”

This is only the second time in the history of the Chicago Marathon that it has been cancelled.