A buddy of mine in the Military recommended that I sign up for this race and was I ever glad he did. This race is an odd distance: 10 nautical miles which equals 11.2 road miles. The start was at Fort Sheridan, an Army Base north of Chicago and the finish line is on the Great Lakes Naval Base. Both active military installations - a rare opportunity to access and run within the confines of these beautiful institutions.
The instructions on locating parking, boarding the buses and arriving at the starting line with plenty of time to pick up my packet were all executed with expert organization and military precision. Packet pick-up was a breeze and I had plenty of time to stretch and snap some photos alongside the Sheridan Tank which was on display. The SINGING of the National Anthem by the majority of runners was a highlight. So much better than just listening and mouthing the words. At a couple of points when the music cut out it was great hearing a chorus of voices singing along. The course around Fort Sheridan let us out onto a clean and green bike trail which we followed through some beautiful neighborhoods until we entered the Great Lakes Naval Station. Another beautiful installation, but these final miles contain a cruising downhill, beautiful views of Lake Michigan, the most motivational water station staffed with military personnel and then "Hero Hill" - .25 miles of a steep climb with sweet satisfaction at the top. The military presence and encouragement throughout the course was wonderful to witness and the post race party had an abundance of food and drink along with a family friendly array of inflatables and games.
- Beautiful, flat course
- The pacers were inspiring and motivating
- Super well organized
- Lots of porta-potties and water stations
- a bounty of goodies and giveaways at the Finish Line
- FREE photo downloads!
- awesome finisher medal and shoulder bag
- an even deeper appreciation for the men and women in our Nation's Military