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Marathoners' finishing thoughts

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  • Yves LeClerc of Naperville

      Yves LeClerc of Naperville

  • Jay Johnson of Naperville

      Jay Johnson of Naperville

  • Christine Hendrickson of Naperville

      Christine Hendrickson of Naperville

  • Lindsay Wilson, formerly of Bolingbrook

      Lindsay Wilson, formerly of Bolingbrook

  • Keith Gercius of Burbank

      Keith Gercius of Burbank

 

"It's nice. You can sleep in your own bed, eat your own breakfast, you're not stuck in a hotel room the night before. Hopefully they repeat it."

-- Yves Leclerc of Naperville, who previously ran marathons in Chicago and Toronto

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"The turnout was great. Some of us runners, we were kind of shocked. We thought nobody would be here. The only thing is, some of the non-paved portions of the course were not fun. Chicago, you're just going over bridges. There were more hills on this course than Chicago."

-- Jay Johnson of Naperville, who previously ran in the Chicago Marathon

"I was doing pretty good until right here at the end. Hills and I don't mix. It was a great race. I'm pleased with the amount of spectators. It was awesome to see so many neighborhoods out here. I hope they do it again.

-- Christine Hendrickson of Naperville, who previously ran in the Chicago Marathon

"Why do they make us run uphill before we get to the finish? I was trying for four hours and the clock said 4:08, so I was close. I was really glad to have friends and family here. It's always good to have people in the crowd you know."

-- Lindsay Wilson, originally of Bolingbrook, who returned home from St. Paul, Minn., to run the marathon with her sister

"I thought it was a very classy marathon. I got under four (hours) and that was the goal for today. The course was rather beautiful through the grasslands. My buddies thought it was a little hilly, but I've seen hillier."

-- Keith Gercius of Burbank, who ran his 41st marathon -- and 16th this year -- in a suit and tie

• Compiled by Daily Herald staff writers Marie Wilson and Josh Welge

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