- 3 miles/5K
- Road Race
Race Judicata each year proves to be one of my favorite races. Put on by the Chicago legal community to benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the race is greatly organized and has one of the best post race events that I've ever been to. Although the race is primarily on the lake path and sidewalk surrounding Grant Park, the volunteers and signs clearly mark the turn around points. There are plenty of holes and divots in the side walk and there is some traffic to deal with on the lake path, but overall those would be one of the very few issues.
The last mile is a veryyyyy long straight away that can be pretty tiring, but the finish line is right at the end of the straight away on a hairpin turn back into the activities area. For the second year in a row there was difficulty towards the end in being able to get through the people starting the 5k due to them taking up the entire path. An avid effort by the volunteers to keep people on the right side would make a huge difference in being able to finish without running into people or the trees. Due to the congestion I had to pass the lead bicyclist and yell at several people to move to the right. Ultimately Rave Judicata continues to be one of my favorite races in Chicago. The post race activities are fantastic, (it's a bunch of lawyers, so lots of food and lots of beer), and the band/entertainment provides music for the entire night. Award ceremony is also put on very well and the awards are some of the largest trophies I've ever seen for a 5k. Definitely plan on doing this race as much as possible.