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.


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.