Runners get ready for the 37th annual Chicago Marathon

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The marathon steps off at 7:30 in the morning.

It’s the mother of all races here in Chicago, bringing together runners from all 50 states, and 150 different countries.

This group of women call themselves, “Diva Moms on the Run.” And they came all the way from Puerto Rico, for one thing.

“This is our first full marathon. That’s why we say we are full crazy!”

These moms are among the 45-thousand runners signed-up for the 37th annual “Bank of America Marathon.”

They enjoyed a night out, at the Park Grill carb-loading with hundreds of others gearing-up for Sunday’s marathon.

“A lot of pasta, a lot of bread. And a cupcake.”

And while they were eating, police already locking down Grant Park, for a security sweep.

Streets running through the park closed between Michigan and Lakeshore Drive.

Come race day, only runners will be allowed inside the park.

No bags unless it’s this clear, plastic one provided to runners.

“All of our participants will be screened as they enter the park.”

“We’re requesting our spectators refrain from using backpacks or leave bags unattended.”

And 1.7 million spectators are expected, to line the 26.2 mile course, which travels north to Addison and south to 35th Street through 29 Chicago neighborhoods.

“It’s a big party. It’s not a sporting event, it’s a party. That’s why I like to do it. It’s not like I like running, I like parties.”

“I think the weather is very favorable. I think most runners are pretty excited about it.”

“We still anticipate to see 2% of our runners require medical care.”

But for now, many are feeling butterflies as they prepare to run their hearts out, and cross an item off their list.

“Nervous and excited. Just ready to do it.”

“I need to say I’m nervous but I’m totally sure I’m going to finish the marathon.”

This marathon provides a huge economic boost to the city, to the tune of 254 million dollars.

If you the race route passes by your door, you can expect more street closures in the morning around 7 with some running as late as 4:30.

Live from Grant Park, Courtney Gousman, WGN News.

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