Chicagoan Mark Buciak, who has 15-20 runners from his The Road to Boston training program joining him in Beantown, will be running his 30th consecutive Boston Marathon on April 20. I saw Mark today, and he is looking fit. Buciak, who had a heart valve replaced in 2006, has no illusions of getting anywhere near his Boston PR of 2:30, but he'll finish. You can take that to the bank.
Meanwhile, Nancy Rollins of Evanston, has been running 20-milers through one of Chicago's harshest winters in years. She is the two-time defending champion in the women's 60-69 (yes, 10-year age groups) division at Boston, and hopes for a three-peat on Patriots' Day. She ran 3:30:50 last year. Watch for sub-3:30 this time.
Well, those are only two of the hundreds of Illinois-northern Indiana pre-Boston stories. What's yours?