The long road to Chicago: L.A. runner returns for his 59th marathon

By Kelly Calagna

Blue Benadum, 36, took to the streets of Chicago last weekend to attempt completing his 59th marathon. Benadum, a Los Angeles resident, has been competing in the Chicago Marathon for the last four years. But, in 2015, his race was cut short. Benadum had to pull out mid-race due to an injury—the first forfeit in his substantial career. This year, he was back for redemption.

Photo at top: Blue Benadum at the finish line of his 59th marathon. (Kelly Calagna/MEDILL)