• Chicago,
    Illinois,
    United States
  • May
  • 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
  • Road Race

Connie

Illinois, United States
30 14
2017
"Chicago Spring Half Marathon 2017"
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Connie 's thoughts:

I signed up for this race back in January and although it seemed a bit expensive, this was one of my favorite races in the past and the timing aligned perfectly with marathon training. From registration to expo day, I did not receive any communication about the race, which seemed strange to me. I even checked my spam folder and didn't find anything. There was a point where I couldn't remember if I actually registered or not and got nervous they wouldn't have a bib for me - definitely something that needs to be fixed for coming years!
The expo was held at Fleet Feet Old Town which is an amazing store and where I buy all of my running shoes, however, I've said this before and will say it again, I do not think this a great venue for an expo, especially for a race of this size. It was very cramped and hot in the back room, with no places to take pictures should you want to. The front of the store is also smaller so I didn't get a great opportunity to peruse the clothing like I normally would at an expo. In addition, I was disappointed with the goodie bags. It only contained a Hello Fresh gift card, some yucky beet juice, and a few flyers. I LOVED the shirts though! The color and flower on the front made it perfect for a spring race, although I felt bad for the guys because they were a bit girly.
Day of the race, besides the normal congestion and long bathroom lines that are to be expected at any large event, there were no issues. It had rained the night before but they did a great job of clearing things out and the sun helped to dry up the grass. The breakfast was great and there were a ton of tents to wander through post-race.
Even with the few hiccups pre-race day, I would definitely recommend this race to anyone that is looking for a spring run to get back into the swing of things. It has beautiful scenery (although a bit windy and a few unexpected hills), is put together very well and consistently has great medals (this year's featured the ferris wheel and even spun)!

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