The countdown is on! Try these last-minute tips from Abbott as you prepare for race day.

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Greetings, Bank of America Chicago Marathon participants!
The final countdown is on! You've trained for months, maybe even years, to prepare yourself both physically and mentally for race day. You're ready!

As title sponsor of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and an official sponsor of the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Abbott, a global healthcare company, celebrates your commitment to take on this amazing challenge.

Whether this is your first marathon or your 42nd, you prove what we can accomplish with good health and relentless determination. You live this every day, preparing your body and mind to achieve your goals and inspiring others to do the same.

4 Tips for a rookie marathoner
For first-time marathon runners, the countdown to race day might seem daunting. Fortunately, there's still time to prepare and seek out advice from other runners. Abbott's Mike Sheehy has more than 80 endurance events under his belt, including six Bank of America Chicago Marathons and running all six Abbott World Marathon Majors. We asked him for his best tips on how to run a marathon and what he wishes he had known before his very first 26.2.

Need last-minute reassurance? Abbott dietitian Pam Nisevich Bede, 23-time marathoner and tri-athlete, will be at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. to answer questions on race prep and post-race nutrition to jump-start your recovery.

Healthy living at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo
Abbott creates life-changing technologies in diagnostics, medical devices and nutrition to help you live fully. With good health, you'll stay on course, no matter what your marathon is in life.

Learn more about what we are all about when you pick up your race day packet at the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. Stop by the Abbott Pavilion and test your stride and share your journey.

Abbott hopes to see you there!

Carb loading? 5 foods to try.
You've trained for months to take on the challenge of 26.2 miles. Have you thought about your optimal fuel for race day? Check out these pasta alternatives from Abbott nutrition expert and 23-time marathoner Pam Nisevich Bede to help you run your best race.
  1. Whole Grains: A natural choice when carb-loading, whole grains are recommended for at least half of your daily allotment of grains
  2. Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are widely available and easily prepared in a variety of ways — roasted, baked, smashed or pureed.
  3. Tart Cherries and Tart Cherry Juice: This functional food not only tastes great and provides a healthy source of carbohydrates, but it also has been proven to reduce pain and inflammation.
  4. Beets: Beetroot is a rich source of inorganic nitrate, which your body converts to nitric oxide and then uses as a vasodilator to assist in blood flow, muscle contraction, neurotransmission, and much more.
  5. Tea with Honey: Not only is tea a great option when it comes to rehydration, it also offers health and performance benefits. By adding a hint of honey and milk, runners can easily reap the health benefits that tea provides while also stocking their glycogen stores before the big day.

Abbott Cheer Zone
On race day, as you're headed for the final 1.2 miles, get ready to be greeted by the enthusiastic cheers of hundreds of Abbott employees and their families at the "Abbott Cheer Zone" located at mile 25. They'll be making some noise and inspiring you to power toward the finish line!

Abbott is honored to be part of your incredible journey. Now, trust in your training. We'll see you at the Expo and will be supporting you at the Abbott Cheer Zone at mile 25 on the race course.

When you reach your race day goal, you will have achieved something remarkable.

Good luck from the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and Abbott teams!

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