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Amber Miller Gives Birth After Chicago Marathon

Amber Miller Gives Birth Immediately After Finishing Chicago Marathon

Marathoner Amber Miller ran/walked the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 6 hours and 25 minutes.  Rah, rah, congrats!

Then she gave birth to a baby girl, June Audra, just a few hours after finishing the race.  Miller started having contractions during the last miles of the marathon.

“I got the OK from my doctor to run half, and my husband ran with me and supported me along the way,” Miller told WGN-Channel 9 from her bed at Central DuPage Hospital. “I ran half and walked half, that’s how I finished.

Amber was 38 weeks and 5 days pregnant at the start of the Chicago Marathon.

Miller’s husband ran/walked the marathon with her but couldn’t keep up the last few miles and finished a short distance behind her.

“But I think just from running throughout the pregnancy, I’d usually get a contraction here or there anyway,” she said. “But then, a few minutes after I finished, I started feeling the contractions and they were coming every five minutes. So I think we waited an hour or so just to kind of make sure it was real labor. They were pretty consistent at that point.”

The worst thing that will happen from Miller’s ‘feat’ is that other women, that are addicted to running, will ignore the risks, doctor’s, and common sense in trying to do the same thing at future running events.  All women and all pregnancies aren’t equal.  I’d hate for anyone to lose a baby attempting such a selfish endeavor.

From the L.A. Times:

“Is this normal? Obviously not,” said James Pivarnik, a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at the University at Michigan State University who wrote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy.

But he said he applauds her doctor for allowing her do it. “Generally what we say is let the woman’s symptoms and history dictate what she can do,” he said. “She is obviously just one of those freaks who was able to do it. Most people wouldn’t want to.”

It’s vital, as athletes, to listen to our bodies and common sense when trying to reach our goals or finish a race.

In the same race, Will Caviness, a firefighter from North Carolina, died in the last 500 yards before the finish line.  Will was an experienced runner and marathoner.

Sermon aside, congrats to Amber and her husband on the birth of June.

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Will Caviness Firefighter Dies at Chicago Marathon

RIF Condolences to Will Caviness Who Died Running the Chicago Marathon

Marathon running, like any extreme sport or life in general has its risks, today firefighter William ‘Will’ Caviness, from North Carolina, died while running the Chicago Marathon.

He was declared dead at a Chicago hospital after collapsing in the last 500 yards of the 26.2 mile race.

Caviness was running the Chicago Marathon to raise money for burn victims.  He had raised well over $2,000 before the race and donations have since reached over $3,400 since his passing.  You can still DONATE HERE!!

Asked what his family felt as the charity effort transformed instantly into a tragedy, his uncle, Bill Caviness of Tennessee, choked back tears and came up with one word.

“Disbelief,” he said.

“He was very fit, a tremendous runner.”

His death marked the first in the marathon since 2007, organizers said. Caviness’ death was the sixth fatality at the event since 1998, according to Tribune archives.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this time of grief and sadness.

Read LOTS MORE about the life of Will Caviness!

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