Karen Smilowitz. Photo credit: Andrew Campbell, Northwestern University

PI Academy to explore logistical challenges at mass-participation events

Mass-participation events bring a host of significant planning and implementation challenges. The organizers of the Chicago Marathon have developed a holistic approach to event planning, referred to as the Chicago Model, which brings together major organizations (e.g., race organizers, fire and police

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NIU athletic training students at last year's Chicago Marathon

NIU athletic training students ready to assist runners in Sunday’s annual Chicago Marathon

Picture a brisk, early autumn morning in Chicago. Forty-five thousand runners fill the start corrals. Twelve thousand volunteers stand throughout the course, armed with Gatorade, water, Vaseline, cold sponges and gel packets. And 1.7 million spectators stand in rows six-deep throughout Chicago’s

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