Well I’m lucky. Today I received an e-mail stating that “The 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon reached its 40,000 participant cap today and has officially closed registration.” Wow, I only entered 10 days ago. In addition I checked my registration and, thanks to Kathy faxing in my Austin Marathon results on Thursday, I’m now in the Preferred Start II group which requires proof of a Full Marathon time: < 3:55:59. It has an expected capacity: 4,700. So I'm no longer going to start in the main mass of runners.