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Legacy Award

The Legacy Award was introduced in 2017 in honor of the event’s 40thanniversary.  It will be awarded annually to recognize an individual who has and continues to go above and beyond to support the event, has a longstanding relationship with the race and has truly helped to make the event the world-class race that it is today.

2019 Recipient | Steve Sawyer

2019 Legacy Award recipientSteve Sawyer is a familiar face at running events in and around the Chicago area. Steve has been with the event for more than 20 years and has helped shape the gear check and start hydration services into the well-oiled machines they are today. As a longtime runner, he realizes the value in a positive race day experience and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure each runner starts their day off on the right foot and is connected with their personal items following the race. Rarely do we hear of lines at gear check or a lost bag, and that is thanks to Steve’s organization and leadership. On top of that, he also supports the event at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo assisting with t-shirt inventory and logistics. He has built lasting relationships with staff and key volunteers who we see return event-after-event and manages volunteers with appreciation and enthusiasm.

2018 Recipient | Rich Guidice

The 2018 recipient of the Legacy Award is Rich Guidice, the First Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. With nearly three decades of experience in municipal government, Rich has extensive knowledge of the City’s management and operations, and the vibrant and diverse neighborhoods we run through. Rich has played a critical role in the planning and coordination of many large-scale events within the City of Chicago, ensuring the safety and security of event attendees and our city. In addition to playing a critical role in the planning of the marathon, Rich has also supported the 2008 Inauguration Celebration for President Barack Obama in Grant Park, the 2012 NATO Summit, the Stanley Cup Championship parades and rallies for the Chicago Blackhawks and the World Series Championship celebrations of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs.

2017 Recipient | Betty Jenkins

Betty JenkinsThe recipient of the inaugural Legacy Award is Betty Jenkins. Betty is someone who needs little introduction. If you’ve worked the event, you know Miss Betty! Always greeting volunteers with a smile, she does whatever she can to make the event a success. At one time, Betty stuffed more than 40,000 Ziploc bags to ensure that all participants received safety pins for their race bib number. You’ll often hear Betty saying, “If I had to do it over, I’d be right there again.”

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