• Indianapolis,
    United States
  • May
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
27 25
"Fun race in my home state!"
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Kati 's thoughts:

This was my first time running the 5k and I enjoyed it. I'm originally from Indiana so I've done the 1/2 several times and thought it would be nice to run the 5k this year.

The expo was super easy to get to from the interstate (I-65) and there was plenty of parking downtown. The expo was spacious and was well stocked with volunteers. I picked up my packet and packets for friends without any issues. The 5k shirt was short sleeved and the 1/2 was long sleeved. I would've preferred a long sleeve but regardless, it was a nice quality shirt and everyone also got a running hat!

Getting to the race was a breeze. There were plenty of parking garages in the downtown area that were within a short 5 minute walk of the race area. The gear check was also a breeze. The trucks were clearly marked by bib number and were within eye sight of the start line/corrals so you didn't have to wander around looking for them. I also saw a few tables with water and Gatorade set-up for people to take.

The 5k started 30 minutes before the half and there was only one start corral for it. The race started on time. The course itself was just ok. It wasn't anything very exciting. The first 1.5 miles or so were the same as the half. There were numerous turns (8, I think?) during the first half of mile 3 which also included cutting through a parking lot. I think it would've been better if they kept the entire race on normal roads and eliminated a few awkward turns. There was at least one aid station on the route that I noticed that seemed to be well stocked with fluids and volunteers.

The immediate post race area was spacious. Directly after crossing the finish line you received your race medal and your snacks (bananas, cookies, drinks, Clif Bars, etc.) and could have your photo taken. The gear check was then right outside of this space which was perfect placement. I did not wander into the larger post-race area where there was supposedly music, beers, and more fun stuff since I wanted to cheer on my friends running the 1/2.

I would recommend the 5k to anyone living in the area or if you'll already be there to spectate. It's nice to have a 5k that's well organized because it's in conjunction with one of the nation's largest half marathons.

Pic: That's me + my friend, Mike, who was the overall 5k winner!!!!!

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