Jeremy Borling ’02 likes to run marathons, but come October 11, he’ll be too busy helping run the Chicago Marathon to run in it. As communications manager for Chicago Event Management—which organizes the Chicago Marathon for sponsor Bank of America—Borling oversees print publications for several audiences and the marathon’s website. And for the first time, he will coordinate the participation of elite runners from around the globe.
“We work toward that weekend all year,” says Borling, who was a stellar cross country and track athlete for the Cardinals. “And we also organize the Shamrock Shuffle in March, so that keeps us busy in the spring.”
An English print journalism major, Borling writes web content, email newsletters, the official marathon program and printed guides for the media, 45,000 participants and the countless spectators who line the route. This year, he will handle negotiations with the agents of the elite professional runners and will coordinate every aspect of their week in Chicago.
“We get the best runners in the world here and they need to be taken care of,” he says. “I’m in touch with their agents and once the spring marathons are over, we’ll know more about who’s going to be here.”
Ironically, it was the absence of elite athletes that led to Borling’s first marathon victory in February (he’s run five). The Austin Marathon did not offer prize money so the runners who run professionally did not participate. That allowed Borling to cross the finish line first in a time of 2:30.05. The victory was all the more remarkable because it was his first marathon since knee surgery two years ago. He trained hard to prepare for the Austin run, logging long miles during a brutal Chicago winter.
“There were days when running was the last thing I wanted to do,” he says. “Some days I had to run inside or do something different.” His wife Audrey trained with him and finished sixth in the half marathon in Austin the same weekend.
When Borling was interviewed for a newspaper story about his victory in Austin, the writer knew of North Central’s running program. “He asked me if Al Carius was still there,” Borling says. “No matter where you go in the running world, people know about North Central College.”
He says his North Central connections probably helped him land his job at Chicago Event Management after he completed a master’s degree at Boston University. “I didn’t have Al Carius on my resume as a reference, but my future boss called him anyway,” says Borling. “If Al says something good about you, it carries a lot of weight.”
He adds that he’s living the Carius philosophy that no one should “work” a day in their lives. “I love my job, I’m excited about what I do every single day.”
Borling can be reached at email@example.com.
North Central NOW Spring 2009