- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
I don't have too many races to compare it to, but the Chicago Half was a nice. The weather was beautiful, so that definitely enhanced the experience, but as far as the race itself I thought the event was well-organized (I didn't get that "this is a cluster" feeling that I sometimes get upon arrival) and a great intro to 1/2 marathons. It's very flat and you run along Lake Shore Dr. almost the entire time. The good news is, that's a lot of lake viewing. The bad news is, there's not a whole lot else to look at (except all of the people way ahead of you that are running towards you (albeit in separate lanes of the freeway -- no collisions to worry about) on their way back, which can feel a little discouraging. Unlike, say, the hidden lines at Great America, you can see all of the ground you're about to cover. And recover. I remember getting a lot of food afterwards - they were handing out bananas and cookies which was nice, and there was a lot of space to sprawl and hang out afterwards. Overall, I'd recommend it for your first challenge, for sure.