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Karen Smilowitz. Photo credit: Andrew Campbell, Northwestern University
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 departments, emergency management, Red Cross) to coordinate preparation and response for the event...
NIU athletic training students at last year's 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 historic neighborhoods – Near North, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Boystown, Pilsen, Chinatown –...