There is an Indie Pop song that came out a few years ago by M83 with a line the echoes “The city is my church” over an ecstatic and expanding melody. Without ever having much recourse to any sort of god or church, I always think of that line during my runs along Lakeshore Path. With the oceanic Lake Michigan to my left, the city on my right and the massive blue skyline ever approaching, each run feels holy. Each route is the space where I acknowledge my gratitude for the love... and support in my life. It is where I reflect on the absurd vastness, strange beauty and total unknowability of the city and lives around me. Every new path is where I take aim for how I want to project myself into the world. Every step is a resolution for a better, stronger self and a prayer for a better world. The city is my church.
I decided to take my experience of running through Chicago to the next level and take what has been described to me as the ultimate tour of the city. I signed up to run the Chicago Marathon with the Chicago Women’s Health Center, aiming to raise $1,500 and making step I make support of something positive in my community.
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