- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
- Road Race
With super high temps in the forecast, I wasn't really expecting to run face at this race. But fortunately, the weather cooled down significantly by race morning and I was able to snag my first ever sub-2 half!
Here are my takeaways from this fun, fast race:
The Expo: Simple to navigate and super fun to explore. Bib and t-shirt pickup are located right at the entrance so if you need to zip in and zip out, that’s doable. But there are also tons of exhibitors so if you need to pick up some gear or want to do a little shopping, you will have plenty see and do here.
The Race: I heard that this race was flat and fast and it certainly lived up to its reputation. I had also heard that Garmins tend to go a little wacky in Chicago and that held true as well. Fortunately, the course is very well marked, but if you are relying on your Garmin to keep you on pace, you should know that it may be off by a pretty wide margin.
Race support was phenomenal, starting with the emails that were sent before the event, alerting runners to the weather conditions and letting us know that there would be extra water, salt, sprinklers, and cold sponges on the course. That was a relief! On course, it felt like there was plenty of water as well as the fun entertainment RnR is known for.
Post-race fare consisted of the usual stuff – water, Gatorade, chips, bananas, and granola bars. It was a spacious location so there was lots of room to spread out, meet up with friends, enjoy post-race beers, and dance to the bands.
If you’re looking for a fun race weekend that culminates in a potentially fast race – Chicago is a solid choice. I’d run it again in a heartbeat and keep my fingers crossed that the weather gods would shine on me again!