The Bank of America Chicago Marathon needed a special division for Amber Miller, or any other woman who went into labor while covering the 26.2 miles.
The results show Miller, 27, finished the marathon in six hours, 25, minutes, 50 seconds, but fail to list the labor time to deliver baby June, who arrived at 10:29 p.m.
Miller had her doctor's OK to walk/run the marathon, despite the advanced stage of her second pregnancy. She took the start line just short of 39 weeks.
More traditional doctors advise pregnant women to curb their athletic pursuits, particularly in their third trimester. Miller, like many others, continued to run and train right up until the delivery, despite the occasional contraction.
She was quoted in the Chicago Tribune: “But I think just from running throughout the pregnancy, I’d usually get a contraction here or there anyway.
"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 Tribune account says she had a sandwich, went to the hospital and gave birth.
Her story is somewhat similar to that of Susan Miller, an athletic woman from Menasha who rode a bike to deliver her baby in October. She also had discussed her plan with her doctor and received the OK to stay active right up until labor.
Other news from the Chicago Marathon focused on the end of a life. William Caviness, a 35-year-old firefighter from North Carolina collapsed and died near the finish line. An autopsy conducted Monday was inconclusive.
Friends and family in North Carolina remembered Caviness as a gentleman, a young man with old-fashioned manners who sought permission from his girlfriend's father before asking her to marry him, said his father-in-law, Bill Britt.
"That's something from a different age," his father-in-law, Bill Britt, said from his home in Greensboro. "It was the most wonderful thing.
"He was just a superb guy," Britt said. "He'd do anything in the world for anybody."
An avid runner, Caviness would sometimes run the 18 or so miles between his house and the fire station where he worked before an overnight shift, Britt said, and then he'd run the same distance home the next day.
"That's why he was trying to run the marathon," Britt said. "He was looking forward to qualifying in Chicago so he could run in the Boston Marathon."
Caviness' run in Chicago also was intended to raise money for the International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation, a charity that helps burn victims, according to his local union.
"Will was a friend, a brother, and a leader in our department," said a statement from the Professional Firefighters of Greensboro Local 947. "He had an unwavering commitment to his family, his profession, and to the charitable work of the IAFF Burn Foundation. He will be greatly missed."
Chicago Marathon officials released a statement expressing condolences to Caviness' family, friends and colleagues.
"It's a terrible loss and we will be reaching out to the family at an appropriate time," said Diane Wagner, spokeswoman for Bank of America, the race's sponsor.
Ryf leads Wisconsin finishers: Jason Ryf, an art teacher at Oshkosh West High School, finished 23rd overall to set the pace among local runners. He ran a 2:21:40, continuing a string of strong showings in the big-city race.
Aaron Nodolf, an attorney from Menomonee Falls, also had a strong race, finishing in 2:36:39.
The race report and complete results can be found here.