PM columnist Dan Holohan completed the record-setting LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathon Oct. 24 in 4:32:28, raising more than $4,000 for a vo-tech scholarship.
"It's the best race I've ever taken part in," Dan said. "My goal was to run the entire race without needing to stop and walk."
Dan, who turns 50 in January, had planned to run the marathon with his daughter Kelly to celebrate her May graduation from the University of Notre Dame. Kelly suffered a stress fracture of her leg three weeks before the marathon, so Dan ran it without her.
He had asked industry friends to pledge $1 for each mile he completed for the Dave Nelsen Scholarship Fund. Nelsen was a good friend of Dan's and a VIP in the oil heat industry who passed away from spinal meningitis in 1998.
The marathon itself set a record with 29,256 participants, and was completed in a record time of 2:05:42 by Khalid Kannouchi.
Dan last ran in the New York City Marathon in 1990, and finished in 5:00:53. He and Kelly plan on running the 2000 Chicago Marathon.