Indigenous Behavior


The 40 degree weather didn’t stop locals and non-locals, all of us indigenous to this planet, from running, or cheering on the runners, in the Chicago Marathon. 

Admittedly there is something odd about 45 thousand members of an indigenous species voluntarily running 26.2 miles and even keeping track – to the second – of records such as the 2:14.04 top time set by Kenyan’s Brigid Kosgei for women runners.  I can imagine aliens from another planet, ready to invade, having second thoughts because of that, but if these marathons help keep out those non-indigenous species I’m all in favor of them.

The photo I took was from the very last mile at the very end of the race going up Michigan Avenue. The top winners had finished hours ago. If I were a runner and I got that far, which is questionable, that’s where I’d be. About midway under the Chinatown arch what made me smile was a sign that read, “Hurry up and finish, your mom’s freezing out here”.

Run past Chinatown
in windy Chicago weather
back home to Grant Park

Linked to Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile. Also linked to dVerse Haibun Monday where Frank J. Tassone hosts with the theme to “celebrate all things indigenous”.

Trent P. McDonald’s The Weekly Smile

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

37 thoughts on “Indigenous Behavior”

  1. I often thought that I would introduce myself, and our species as “Earthites”, indigenous to this planet. Nice creative take on the prompt.

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  2. Some day I might try to push myself to do one, but these days I rarely go over 6 miles/10 K. But if I could keep the same pace I do when i run a 10 K, I’d only be a about an hour behind the winners 😉 I’m sure that despite the cold it was fun being there. I know being in Boston during the marathon is always a good time.

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  3. A marathon is really an oddity! Love your not that we are… all of us indigenous to this planet.
    Perhaps the opposite is true. maybe none of us are really indigenous!


  4. There’s a lot worse things those tens of thousands could be doing. I also like the image of friendly extraterrestials doing marathons. Hoping their legs are short 😉

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