Unofficially, I crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 30 minutes, and 47 seconds. I had the ultimate goals of a) not dying and b) running the entire route, and I'm proud to say I accomplished both. I had a private goal of finishing around the 2:30 mark, so I'll take that as well. I'll go into more details later, but as crazy as running 13.1 miles sounds (and believe me, I was seriously questioning myself in this endeavor especially halfway through the park that never ended) it really was a great race. If you're thinking of embarking on this challenge, I highly recommend you consider the Illinois Marathon. Pretty route, great crowds, and smoothly run operations (for the runners at least, The General would like to add).
A very special congratulations to Clark, Doc, ABT, Swanny, Rikki, Matt and all the others who faced the winds and chilly start temps - it was awesome knowing you were out there living the dream as well!