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

Kim Maves

Chicago, Illinois, United States
69 44
"Chicago Spring 10K "
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Kim Maves's thoughts:

-Packet Pick up at Fleet Feet Old Town over two days, you could pick up for a friend too. Needed to have their id.
-In the packet was a shirt (I would wear this one), beet juice, body wipe, some sort of anti inflammatory cream, fliers and coupons.
-easy race access if you're taking public transit, driving, or Uber. Unfortunately I picked the AON building to park in and they check cars and record drivers license numbers and their machine wasn't working that morning so it was super backed up. Had I been running the half I would have missed the start. The race had a partnership with SpotHero and showed options. I picked the cheapest
-Half Marathon start at 7 ... more on the 10K start.
-Easy walk to the start line from parking easy to find.
-Race was well marked.
-3 or 4 water stations for the 10k it was a hot day so it was needed
-If you like medals this one was night, the Ferris wheel spun
-Post race party had various vendors, Athletico, races, a breakfast buffet, and a flower! My favorite part was getting the flower and taking it home and planting it.
-Finishers Chute was a banana, bottle of gatorade, and water

Can be improved:
-10K starts later and there is a turn around where the 10k peels off to the right for a short distance then crosses southbound running traffic to get back running north. It's not really safe at all. This could be fixed by having the 10K turn elsewhere and then the races could start at the same time
-2-3 volunteers to be found at the first two aid stations, they seemed a little chaotic.
-self seeded corrals for the 10K. Self seeded corrals are never a good idea. They didn't have any pace signs either so people started at the front and started walking. I don't mind the weaving, my main concern is safety.
-This isn't on the race but I ran into the 2:40 and 3hr pace groups for the half, the groups were massive and taking over both sides of the path. Again, runner safety, I asked the pacers to keep their groups tighter since the 10K was coming through. The front runners of the half marathon were coming back too and the bike marshals were doing a good job of leading them and attempting to clear people, while the front 10K runners were going by. The back pace groups and their leaders however were not doing a good job of being respectful on an open path.

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