The running of the Chicago Marathon Sunday giveth life and, sadly, took it away.
First, the good news: Of the 45,000 who entered the race, one was a 27-year-old woman who was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant.
Amber Miller’s doctor had given her permission to WALK the half marathon, but she felt so good at the 13-mile mark that she continued on, finishing the race in 6:25:50 according to the official race site.
“I went into it not expecting to finish,” Miller told the Chicago Tribune. “I started running, I ran two [miles], walked two, and I was feeling really good … so I just kind of kept on going.”
According to news reports, Miller started to feel contractions as she crossed the finish line. She tried to eat something and then was rushed to the hospital wearing her marathon medal.
Miller told WGN News that people were looking at her funny.
“Everybody just kind of stared as I’m running by,” said Miller.
The sad news from the Chicago Marathon was the death of North Carolina firefighter William Caviness, who was running the race to raise money for burn victims. Just 500 yards from the finish line, Caviness collapsed and later died at an area hospital.
According to the Chicago Marathon race site, Caviness, a veteran marathoner, was on pace to finish in 3:05. He had crossed the 40k mark in 2:56.
It was the race’s first death since 2007, and sixth since 1998.