Thus you would search in vain among these hardy runners in last Sunday's Chicago Marathon for even the smallest glimpse of yours truly.
Here is a less than flattering photo of the winner of the mens' competition, Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya. This image is captured from the Chicago Sun-Times:
Mr. Cheruiyot was hospitalized as a result of a head injury sustained in this fall, but he has recovered.
Even with this mishap, Mr. Cheruiyot fared far better than did Pheidippides, the Athenian hero, who, in 490 B.C., according to legend, ran from Marathon to Athens to report the victory over the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. The story goes that Pheidippides reached Athens and announced the victory -- and died on the spot.
Wikipedia, darn them, says that there is no evidence to suggest that this ever happened... but I say: Why take chances?