Anticipating a Boom in Business
It’s just a matter of days now until 3,200 runners lace up their best sneakers and hit the pavement in the upcoming Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon.
In the meantime, the Naperville Development Partnership is helping businesses preparing for the influx of athletes and their families.
“The restaurants have been notified. They are staffing up and some of them may even open up a little bit earlier so they are participating at a very high level,” said Christine Jeffries, Executive Director for the Naperville Development Partnership.
Expects shops and restaurants to see a significant spike in customers and a only modest increase in hotel traffic for the first year.
Some restaurants will stay open late the night before the race while others will open early the morning of.
Final Stretch of Training for City Employees
Among the 3,200 runners preparing for the inaugural Edward Hospital Marathon and Half Marathon is a group of city employees.
We’ve been following their training since February and did one last check-in before race day.
Now that the race is nearly here, the group is preparing both physically and mentally.
“The morning of there’s always a little bit of anxiety, but I think that’s to be expected,” said Amy Ramer, Financial Reporting Analyst, City of Naperville. “I think to have no nerves wouldn’t be a good thing. You don’t want to be over confident.”
“It’s not only a physical endurance test it’s a mental endurance test,” said City Councilman Grant Wehrli.
“I’m very excited about it finally being here. The training has been a long time coming and I’m ready for the main event,” Said Doug Krieger, City Manager.
In addition to race day jitters, one major concern for many of the runners is weather.
“We ran the 20 on Saturday and I ran in shorts,” said Pam LaFeber, City Clerk. “We have no idea what the weather is going to be like. We are anticipating it to be cold, but is it going to snow like it did yesterday?”
“Really it can be 60 degrees, it could be 20 degrees. It’s almost my biggest concern now,” said Katy Librizzi, Engineering Technician, City of Naperville.
Wehrli missed the last check-in due to injury but is back on track with training and ready for race day.
“I missed the last check-in because I was suffering from an IT Band injury so I actually wasn’t running but I’ve recovered nicely from that and did a 20 mile run last Friday.”
Another runner also took some time off running to train for the annual Dancing With the Celebrities competition.
“That threw like a whole wrench in training for the half marathon because I was training to dance just so I didn’t fall flat on my face or thoroughly embarrass myself and only partially embarrassing myself, but after that I had to hit it hard and try to get on a schedule,” said Marcie Schatz, Deputy City Manager.
While everyone in the group has run a race of some kind before, one of the things they are looking forward to this time is having it in their hometown. Not only for familiarity, but also for a big cheering section.
“I’m sure there will be some family members strewn around town cheering me on or trying to trip me up either way,” said Wehrli.
“I’m excited that it’s local so that my husband can come and cheer me on,” said Libirzzi. “When it’s in the city it’s hard to have him come down and watch me race. So it will be fun to have the local support and run through the neighborhoods.”
“My kids are going to be there. I’m at all their cross-country races all through the years helping them keep the nerves down, so hopefully they do that for me,” said Tom Kammerer, Sergeant with the Naperville Police Department.
“I have a couple of them who want to jump in and run the last mile with me and I told them as long as you say ‘Go mom! You can do this,’ and not telling me they’re tired then good. I’m all in,” said Schatz.
For everyone in the group, the marathon was a goal they set months ago and are ready for the big day to finally be here.
“You really kind of get in tune with your body, the aches and pains and you don’t want to push it because you have this goal out there and if you risk it and let your ego get in the way then you’re not going to be able to finish,” said LaFeber.
“Now just trying to stay healthy probably is key to not get overwhelmed that the race is here now, it’s go time,” said Ramer.
The Boston qualifier takes off on November 10 at 7 am. NCTV17 will be bringing you live coverage of the event.
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