Woman Completes Chicago Marathon And Delivers Baby

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 11, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM UTC
Chicago Marathon finisher Amber Miller holds her newborn daughter, June. Photo: Chicago Tribune.

The incident is generating some controversy regarding pregnancy and running.

Chicago Marathon finisher Amber Miller holds her newborn daughter, June. Photo: Chicago Tribune.

Amber Miller just wanted to successfully complete Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. However, the 27-year-old got a little more than that: a baby girl, June Audra Miller.

Her baby was born after Miller had completed the 26.2-mile race in 6:25:50, walking half the distance and running the remainder.

“Running marathons and doing long-distance running was something that I had already done before I was pregnant, so my body was used to it,” Miller said.

The proud new mother admits that she had been a competitive runner for 15 years. Chicago was her second pregnant marathon. She finished the Wisconsin Marathon in May. Before the race, Miller said her doctor advised that she stay nourished and hydrated and to make sure she could carry a conversation.

“You don’t want to get your heart rate too high,” Miller said. ”Surprisingly,” she said yesterday. “I’m feeling pretty good.”

Her story is getting mixed reactions from doctors. Dr. Shari Brasner assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York is skeptical. “Most of the time, babies tolerate maternal exercise, but that’s of moderate intensity,” she said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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