With all the training and effort invested in a momentous event like the Chicago Marathon, participants feel the need to commemorate it with more than the post-race labored stride and finisher’s medal. That’s where special edition shoes and apparel come into play, allowing runners to show off their accomplishment the way a varsity athlete sports a letter jacket. Check out what brands are putting out for this year’s Chicago Marathon.
Newton Chicago Fate 3
$140, newtonrunning.com The Chicago Fate 3 features a seamless, one piece breathable mesh upper that pays tribute to Chicago’s culture and the international appeal of the marathon with design accents woven throughout the shoe from the reflective back tab to the tongue graphic.
Saucony Kinvara 8 Chicago
$110, saucony.com Offered in both men’s and women’s colors, the shoe design is inspired by the iconic Chicago flag, originally designed by Wallace Rice in 1917, and is one of the most recognized municipal flags.
Fleet Feet Sports Chicago Collection
$28 - $50, fleetfeetchicago.com Fleet Feet’s Chicagoland stores tapped employees to help in the design of performance and lifestyle pieces that feature the “run CHI” motto and the six-pointed Chicago star on cotton T-shirts, performance tees, tanks and hoodies.
Nike Zoom Fly SP Chicago
$150, nike.com Nike, an official sponsor of the Chicago Marathon, is launching the Nike Zoom Fly SP "Chicago,” available starting Oct. 5 in men's and women's sizing.
Nike Chicago Marathon Apparel
$30 - $100, nike.com Nike is also rolling out a lot more than the standard printed cotton T-shirt, offering women’s and men’s hoodies, tanks, Therma Sphere Element long-sleeve shirts, Element Long Sleeve running tops, along with some inspiring T-shirt options.
2017 Chicago Marathon Pixel Map Mug
$17.95, store.chicagotribune.com The Chicago Tribune is also celebrating this year's marathon with personalized mugs and prints of the Chicago Marathon course and the finisher's time.