Fort 2 Base
On August 23, 2015 I had the honor of pacing my eighth event of the year. 2015 will mark the fifth annual Fort2Base race- a monumental race through Illinois’ most impressive, historic and contemporary military command and training centers. The first Nautical Miles (11.5 miles) distance which will begin at historic Fort Sheridan and end at Naval Station Great Lakes via the spectacular Green Bay Trail.
It was an excellent event. First of all you take a bus to the start at Fort Sheridan. There are ample bathrooms, easy access to race day pick up and there are plenty of busses to take you to the start. At the end the busses also run very frequently and even though we had quite a line it moved well considering the amount of people at the race. The volunteers were great and the scenery is beautiful.
The food and the music at the end was great too. I particularly liked the gear check return because it was easy to get to after the event. The medical tent was easy and there was plenty of staff there in case there was a problem. I also loved the support of the military and as a female enjoyed the "view". Second I thought about how blessed we are as a country to have those serving both young and old keeping us free. If you are looking for a race that has variety I would highly suggest this event. It takes you through bases, bike trails and a picture perfect community. As a pacer I appreciated all the paces from 7 minute miles to 15:30 miles. That's important for all racers to have a pacer to keep their time in track with. So if you live in the Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin add this race to your bucket list. You will be glad you did.