- 3 miles/5K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
Okay so the expo went very well, we picked out packets up at the Roosevelt collections and the day I went they had out everything in one of the parking decks because it was super rainy that day! Thank goodness. Expo had quite a few different vendors.
Race day: they had free shuttles but I didn’t sign up in time for that so I went and got on one of the train to get off at 63rd street. It was pouring down rain. When I went over to drop my bag off for gear check there was only one volunteer back there. A few runners went back there to help her grab bags and place them on the racks but it definitely took a long time for gear check. Also after the race gear check did have volunteers finally but it still took a while as most of the bags were spread out everywhere. I hope next year there is a better system in place for it! As well as signs, i had no idea where gear check was arriving to the park.
Aid stations. There were aid stations all over the course as well as gels at around mile 9 I think! Plenty of water and Gatorade and I am so thankful for all the volunteers that stood in the rain to cheer us on and hand out water and such.
Scenery: I’m not one to really pay attention to it but it was cloudy, I imagine if it wasn’t you would’ve been able to see the skyline, we did run beside Lake Michigan at one point.
Finish line: there were a ton of people standing there vs moving along, it took a minute to figure out where the medals were and eventually someone walked up to me with a box and handed me one in plastic still. Maybe we can urge people to move away from the finish line next year to keep it clear like most races do! We had a beer ticket as well as a slice of pizza ticket, I didn’t see the beer tent but I was super tired and just wanted to grab food and dip out.
Overall: I loved this race, a little room for improvement for next year, but overall I loved the race, the swag and most of all I love my medal!