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Adam Hines designed this marathshirt.

Adam Hines designed this marathon shirt.

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Updated: November 12, 2013 6:15AM



The 36th annual Chicago Marathon steps off at 7 a.m. Oct. 13 with new twists and turns.

This is America’s first major marathon since the Boston Marathon bombings incident earlier in 2013, and enhanced security measures have been put into place for the Chicago event.

As in years past, general spectators will not have access to race start and finish areas within Grant Park.

Individuals who are not registered for the race will not be able to escort runners to the start line or greet runners at the finish line.

Loyal fans should support runners from elsewhere on the course and meet runners after the race at the designated Runner Reunite area at the 27th Mile Post-Race Party at Butler Field in Grant Park, which opens to spectators at 9 a.m. To access this area, spectators must pass through security and bag screenings at Gate No. 1 (Jackson Drive and Michigan Avenue) or Gate No. 2 (Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue).

Recommended spectator viewing areas:

♦ To view runners closest to the start of the race, go to Grand Avenue, between Columbus Drive and State Street, near Mile 1, or anywhere along State Street, between Grand Avenue and Jackson Boulevard.

♦ To view runners closest to the finish of the race, go to the Bank of America Cheer Zone at Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road.

Visit chicagomarathon.com for start times and information and security restrictions.

Also, be on the lookout for professional marathon runner George Melichar.

The 35-year-old philanthropist and textile artist teamed with Adam Hines, a prolific artist from Chicago’s Woodland community who is from Chicago-based Project Onward, to create a one-of-a-kind racing shirt. Hines designed and drew the front and back of the shirt; Melichar cut and machine-sewed it. The two met in April when the New Orleans-based Melichar came to the Project Onward gallery-studio to have his portrait drawn. Melichar will wear the colorful shirt when he runs the marathon.

Located at the Bridgeport Art Center, Project Onward provides workspace, art materials, professional guidance and opportunities for exhibition and sales to artists who have superb talents but face challenges ranging from autism to mental illness.

Email: dhoekstra@suntimes.com
Twitter: @cstdhoekstra



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