Hyatt Gold Passport kicked off its fall Faster Free Nights promotion in an unusual way this year. On Oct. 12, the program rewarded the first 1,000 runners to finish the Chicago Marathon, who were also wearing a necktie, a free night.
In the pack of 40,000 from around the world, necktie-clad runners competed to be one of the first 1,000. Even elite runners, such as Peter Clusener, got into the game, racing to be the first runner wearing a necktie to cross the finish line and win 50 free nights at Hyatt properties anywhere in the world. Running a 5 minute 19 second average mile, Clusener outraced all the other business-attired runners, finishing the course in 2 hours, 19 minutes — good enough for 22nd overall.
Faster Free Nights awards guests one free night for every two stays when paying with a valid MasterCard card through Feb. 29.