- 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon
- Road Race
Early October in Illinois weather can be wet and cold, I was invited to pace the 2:20 finishers for All Community Events. For their events you can pay to have your bib mailed ahead of time or before race day pick up is at road runner store nearby. I opted for day Of race pick up since it’s always been an easy process. One day before event we did receive a notice that the medals were held up In customs and they would have to mail them. I was ok with this, but what a blow for all those first timers—knowing they would not receive that medal at the finish! Parking lot near start line did fill up quick, so I had to park in high school remote lot which was a 5-7 min walk away. Still I had time to pick up my race shirt & pacing sign—walk to car to deposit my goodie bag and make it back to start line ahead of race start. Beginning of this race it looked overcast, but as the gun went off to start the sun came out. By mile 2 clouds came back and it stayed overcast rest of the race. Pavement & grass was wet from overnight rain, we had to alert runners to muddy/slippery conditions. We did run on roads next to traffic & through some “trail” sessions. We found that the second half of the course the water stops were spread thin, but the neighborhood kids were handing out water bottles which was really nice! The last section of the course was a bit challenging single file through wet grass& slight hill incline. However the support and cheers from the finish line & volunteers coming in was invigorating! It felt a bit strange to come across finish without a greeter to had you a medal. All that was left for post race snacks was granola bars, oatmeal squeeze & boxed water. Attendance seemed to be thin at this one, it was day before chicago marathon. I’m not sure I’d pay to return to
This race again without being a pacer. However, if you enjoy fall foliage & looking to run in a historic town north of chicago this is an easy to get to event with a few rilling hills.