Chicago Marathon Runners Invited to Post-Race Festivities

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Chicago Marathon
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A Vice President with Balance Innovations, Gary Rixson specializes in reviewing and deploying unique cash management and cash reconciliation solutions for large retailers. In his leisure time, Gary Rixson is an avid runner and completed the Chicago Marathon in 2013.

Chicago Marathon participants are invited to participate in the 27th Mile Post-Race Party, which will be held at Grant’s Park Butler Field. Attendees over 21 years of age will also be able to redeem the tear-off portion of their bib for a free 312 Urban Wheat Ale, and additional food and beverages will also be on hand for purchase.

Also, runners will be able to meet up with their families at the Runner Reunite section of the party, which will be sectioned off alphabetically to help runners and families more easily find one another. Runners should allow for enough time to pick up their belongings from gear check, as well as the time it will take to make their way through the finish area, when making meetup plans with their families.

Runners will be treated to complimentary massages after the race from faculty, students, and alumni of the Cortiva Institute, which will be held at the massage tent, located in the southwest corner of the party area.

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About the Chicago Marathon and Its Requirements

A consultant with Lockton Companies since 2013, Gary Rixson specializes in benefit communication and insourcing. In addition to his professional experience, Gary Rixson is an avid runner, and completed the 2012 Chicago Marathon.

Established in 1977, the Chicago Marathon is one of the largest such events in the United States. With a time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes, the marathon now draws some 45,000 participants each year with goals to set personal best times or world records, or raise money for charity. The marathon’s 26.2 mile length is known for its flat, even course through 29 neighborhoods. It attracts almost 2 million spectators.

In order to ensure a safe and fun marathon for everyone involved, participants must meet a number of qualifications, whether they are running individually or as part of a team for an officially selected charity. For instance, participants must be at least 16 years old when they run, and people 17 and younger must have their parents’ permission. Participants must also be able to complete the course within the time limit and follow the orders of officials, while conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Finally, participants can only wear their own bib numbers and timing devices to ensure fair, accurate finish times.

Ideals of the Tough Mudder Competition

Gary Rixson has worked as a consultant with the benefit communication insourcing division at Lockton Companies since 2013. Outside of work, Gary Rixson combines his athletic interests with his passion for philanthropy, running marathons and Tough Mudder events.

Established in 2010, the Tough Mudder competition challenges teams and individuals to complete outdoor obstacle courses that range from 10 to 12 miles in length. While the courses change from event to event, they are designed to challenge participants’ physical endurance as well as their mental fortitude. Since 2010, more than 150 events have been held, resulting in $8.5 million raised for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

Tough Mudder competitions differ from similar athletic events in a number of ways, primarily in regards to the emphasis on teamwork and determination. Tough Mudder competitors do not record finish times at the conclusion of an event, for example. Instead, athletes are lauded for their efforts in encouraging and helping others in completing the course. The Tough Mudder Pledge begins “I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge,” and includes the promise to “help my fellow mudders complete the course.”

Upcoming 2016 Tough Mudder events are scheduled to take place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Austin, and Chicago throughout the spring months.

The Final AFL-NFL Super Bowl

Gary Rixson works in Kansas City, Missouri, as a consultant with the Lockton Companies. In his free time, Gary Rixson supports the city’s sports teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs.

Although the National Football League (NFL) absorbed the American Football League (AFL) following the 1969 season, the AFL legacy lives on through the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl was initially conceived of as part of the merger agreement between the two professional football leagues. The game called for the championship teams from both leagues to face off against one another in order to determine American football’s official world champion.

The final Super Bowl held prior to the NFL and AFL merger took place on January 11, 1970, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The Kansas City Chiefs, representing the AFL, made their first appearance since losing the first Super Bowl in 1967 to the Greenbay Packers. This time, the Chiefs got the better of their NFL counterparts, the Minnesota Vikings, scoring a 23-7 victory. The Chiefs’ quarterback, Len Dawson, threw a 46-yard pass to Otis Taylor for a touchdown to cap off the victory and was later named the Super Bowl MVP.

The Kansas City Chiefs – Then and Now

Gary Rixson recently joined the benefit communication insourcing division of Lockton Companies, where he advises large businesses on their employee compensation strategies. An avid sports fan, Gary Rixson enjoys watching basketball, soccer, and football. His favorite teams include the University of Kansas Jayhawks, Sporting Kansas City, KC Royals and the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs franchise started in the late 1950s as the Dallas Texans, one of the original eight teams in the American Football League, which preceded the American Football Conference (AFC). In 1963, the organization moved from Dallas to Kansas City upon the invitation of former mayor, H. Roe Bartle, also known as “the Chief.” Six years later, the group won Super Bowl IV.

After the first 11 games of the 2014 regular season, the Kansas City Chiefs rank second in the AFC West division, with a record of 7-4. Alex Smith has thrown for a total of 2,211 yards, 13 touchdowns, and a 92.7 quarterback rating in his second year with the team. Running back Jamaal Charles has averaged 5.1 yards per carry, adding 772 on the season to his career rushing total of 6,595—the most in the organization’s history. On the defensive side, Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston leads the NFL with 13 sacks.