On Sunday, October 7, 2012, runners from all 50 states and over 100 countries came out to Chicago to compete in The Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The marathon is held yearly and is one of the five World Marathon Majors and has approximately 37,455 runners competing this year. Among those runners was one of Breakthrough's developers, Christopher Nolden.
Christopher is no rookie when it comes to marathons. This past July, he participated in the San Francisco Marathon and last year he ran in the Chicago Marathon for the first time. To get in race shape, Christopher combines speed drills, tempo runs and his favorite, 16 mile runs on Sunday's. With his running schedule putting him at 30-40 miles a week, Christopher doesn't have to give up some of his favorite things like eating whatever he wants.
Along with preparing for his run, Christopher also supported the charity Back On My Feet. This organization works with the homeless population and gets them involved in running to build self-esteem, encouraging them to improve their situations. A couple of the members also took part in the race this year. With all of the hard work Christopher did, he was able to raise over $1,000.00 for the cause.
After all of the hard work, Christopher finished the marathon with a time of 3:57:58, which was less than his set goal of four hours flat.
Congratulations, Christopher! All of us at Breakthrough are very proud of your accomplishment.