- 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
I had the opportunity to coordinate the Chicago 13.1 Back of the Pack. We were supposed to run a 16 minute mile for 13.1 miles. It was neat to have end of the race running pacers from the local area and also from states like Indiana, Missouri and even someone from Colorado. We got there early to monitor the various starts and then we were to fall back and run with the people who were falling behind. There were lots of people who really depended on our encouragement.
It was a beautiful day with a Lakefront start and a finish near Lakeshore East Park. The day started out cloudy and in the 60s with a bit of wind by the Lakefront. We did not see sun until about mile 8. One of the perks of the race was the water stops. They really had an ample supply about every 1.5 to 2 miles. They also had lots of pota-potties. Parking was ample at the various buildings and they served a breakfast afterwards.
Most of all despite the stress of coordinating the race it was neat to see so many people decide to run and that I could trust to show up and give support. Many of the runners were much faster than the pace and to see them sacrifice made me feel proud of my friends.
Would I coordinate the race again. Probably. Got to love Chicago in the springtime!