Kuzydym and her mother, her No. 1 race day supporter, briefly browsed the expo the day before the race. With everything from new shoes and socks to energy drinks and race memorabilia, a runner could spend hours at the expo.
Some of the iconic images of Chicago is the corncob towers and the Chicago theatre signs. Kuzydym felt good enough at this point in the marathon (it was within the first 5K) to pull out her phone and snap a quick photo.
The start line for the Chicago Marathon was hard to see amid the thousands of runners.
Kuzydym and Jennifer Shakra take a picture of starting a marathon from the very back of the pack. By this point, the runners who won the Chicago Marathon were likely at the half-marathon mark.
Kuzydym would not have made it to the finish line if it weren't for her mom handing her some pretzels and a tissue along the race route. Connie Kuzydym found several spots along the course to cheer on her daughter in her first marathon.
Kuzydym smiles after finishing her first marathon, the Chicago Marathon. Her hips, legs and feet didn't hurt as much as she thought they would.
The finisher medal from the 2016 Chicago Marathon. Kuzydym didn't have a time goal, just to finish. Regardless, she crossed the line 6 hours and 8 minutes on the course.