- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
The Gibbons 5k was a great way to kick off the weekend. Located in Taking place on a Thursday evening in Grant Park this was a great race with a scenic course. The race benefited The Leukemia Research Foundation and honored Jim Gibbons a anchor on ABC 7 News who lost is fight to blood cancer.
I arrived at the race at around 5:25 (1 hour before the start). It was a little hard to get to the race as Pokémon Go fest was going on in the other fields in Grant Park. When I got to the race there was no line for bathrooms. Then I stretched and went into my corral. I was able to warm up in the corral for the duration of time I had left until the start.
The start of the race was a little confusing. It was broadcasted on ABC 7 News. When the anchor kicked off the race none of the runners could hear her and when the start horn blew it was taken by surprise. The course started on The Lakefront Trail and then went next to the lake. At about Mile 1.5 we hit the turn around. It was a great scenic course but there was one flaw. After about mile 2 we were taken onto a narrow, uneven gravel path for a mile. You had to be careful of dips on the gravel path and make sure you don’t trip. When you get off the gravel path you are led uphill to the finish.
After the race you were given many refreshments to rehydrate after the race. Then you were led into the post race party were they had music, food, vendors, kids activities and so much more. It was a great way to spend a Thursday night.
Overall The Gibbons 5k was a great race with scenic course that went along the lake and a great cause benefiting The Leukemia Research Foundation. It is a Chicago tradition and will definitely be back next year!