Runners, Spectators Bring Cheer to Local Business Owners
Village Cycle Center
David Wilson trained for the 2003 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in just 30 days – and completed it in less than four hours. “I was an extremely good runner,” he said. “I didn't need much training. I also cycled, so I was in decent shape.” While running remains close to Wilson’s heart, cycling is his business. He’s the president of Village Cycle Center, located on North Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is an important annual event for Wilson’s business. He enjoys watching runners pass by the shop and appreciates the off-season foot traffic Village Cycle Center gets on the day. “By the time we're in the middle of October, the business is in a slow period,” he said. “So, it’s nice to have all of those people around here. All of our employees are out there cheering the runners on.”
Tuscany on Taylor
Another business that benefits from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is Tuscany on Taylor, an Italian restaurant on Taylor Street in Little Italy. The restaurant serves runners from around the world who are gearing up for the race, as well as the spectators in town to cheer them on. “Tuscany on Taylor always enjoys the runners ‘carb-ing up’ at our restaurant on the eve of the race,” said Brad Heimann, general manager. “We have the privilege of watching them run past us during the race. Some even come in and celebrate their finish.”
Businesses like Village Cycle Center and Tuscany on Taylor are just some of the local institutions that benefit from and help make the Bank of America Chicago Marathon a world-class event. The Marathon engages spectators and fans from surrounding homes, businesses, schools and community groups to support marathon runners as they stride through 29 distinct Chicago neighborhoods.