- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, Other
- Road Race
I missed out on this race last year and wasn't going to miss this one! This was my first winter race and I wasn't quite sure how to dress and I definitely overdressed!
Expo - I signed up at the Hot Chocolate expo and picked up my bib and gear while I picked up my other race stuff so this was extremely convenient. It was quick and painless.
Swag - The jacket is absolutely awesome and the color is perfect for guys. While I didn't wear the winter hat, it was just as cool with the Polar Dash logo.
Course/scenery - How can you beat the view along Chicago's lakefront?? The start line was on the sidewalk along Columbus and after a quick walk from the Soldier Field north lot, it was easy to find. The announcer had great energy during a pretty cold morning and it was nice to listen to his enthusiasm. I wish I had run the 15 miler, but the 10K was just as nice. The paths were completely clear and I anticipated a little ice and snow and wore my YakTrax but did not really need them. They did a great job of clearing the route! The bottleneck at the beginning is expected at most of these races but opened up after the first mile. What a beautiful path along the lakefront for some scenery! A quick turnaround at 35th street and the path takes you back along the skyline view!
This was a well run race and the volunteers braved the cold weather to help out and I can't thank them enough for standing out in that! The medal at the finish line was about as good as it gets! It will be hung proudly!