Man who's run every Chicago Marathon ever held shares words of wisdom with rookie racer

Chicago Marathon
Randy Burt of Antioch from 2019 Photo credit Randy Burt

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) - Over 40,000 runners will participate in Sunday’s 44th edition of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Among them will be a runner who, you could say, has been around the block, many, many, many blocks.

74-year-old Randy Burt of Antioch will be running Sunday. He has participated and successfully completed every Chicago Marathon ever held, an achievement only two other runs can take claim to. In his 44-year marathon career Burt estimates he’s totaled over 100,000 miles in his running career.

He stopped by 670 THE SCORE's Bank of America Chicago Marathon preview show, where he was joined by a fellow runner, but a marathon rookie, Jackie Hoffman.

Burt shared sage advice for the first time marathoner.

“Really it starts with pace. Pace is the most important thing…Whatever pace you have trained at, that would be a good pace, slightly slower to run at,” Burt said.

Burt also advised Hoffman to be careful with what you eat the night before the race, warning him to not make the same mistake he made prior to his first Chicago Marathon in 1977.

“I ate pepperoni pizza and had red wine, don’t do that! Pasta the night before is the best fuel,” Hoffman said.

Burt recalled the 1984 race as being one of his most favorite years, it happens to be his fastest time.

For Hoffman, Sunday will mark the culmination of a journey that began in 2020 when he organized a Juneteenth run in his Garfield Park neighborhood which morphed into the West Side run club, called Peace Runners 773.

“It was just to get people to move in any way. We started out with workouts and small runs, and then we got embraced by the run community of Chicago in 13.1 (inaugural Bank of America 13.1), and just seeing what endurance running does to a community and people. It has brought together  a team and we are strong,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman boasted that 11 runners from the Peace Runners 773 club will be participating on Sunday.

You can listen to the Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon broadcast on WBBM’s sister station 670 THE SCORE, hosted by WBBM’s Sports Director Josh Liss, starting at 6 A.M.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Randy Burt