Ridge Run

Ridge Run

Ridge Run

( 4 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Chicago,
    Illinois,
    United States
  • May
  • 3 miles/5K
  • Road Race

Heather

Chicago, Illinois, United States
105 87
2016
"Great Community Support"
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Heather 's thoughts:

My mom and I have been doing the Ridge Run for a few years now. It has become our own little Memorial Day tradition, and I'd say the same for most of the others there. It takes place each year on the Monday of Memorial Day, with a 10k starting at 8:00am and the 5k at 9:30am. There's a Youth Mile that starts at 8:10. The Tot Trot began at 10:30. Weather was in the 70s and sunny, but I felt the humidity wasn't nearly as bad as previous years, so that was a welcome treat.

PROS:
+ You can register up to about a week before the race and they also have race day registration (closes 1/2 hour before each race starts).
+ They had multiple days for packet pickup; Tuesday, May 23 – Friday, May 27, 3pm to 7 pm at
Running Excels at 10328 S Western Ave; Sunday, May 29, 12pm to 3pm, Ridge Park at 9625 S Longwood Dr.; Race Day – Monday, May 30, 6:30am to 9am, Ridge Park at 9625 S Longwood Dr.
+ Packets included coupons for Running Excel, a Fruit & Grain Bar, papers/postcards/sheets for other races and local businesses, a plastic water bottle, your bib, and a short-sleeved blue shirt (Gilden Performance, unisex, I got a M which I usually get and fits fine).
+ There's plenty of residential parking available for race day. We parked maybe a half mile from the race and walked over.
+ I'm not sure if there are any official aid stations, but there was at least 1 that you passed twice with water. It could be the community doing, or the race, not sure. Either way, it's nice to have, especially since the weather is usually pretty warm.
+ the community really comes out for this - since the race is along mostly residential streets, the families of the homes come out to cheer, a bunch put out sprinklers/hoses, and it's really just a fun, family-friendly event.
+ The course is well marked with cones and course marshals. At one point the slower runners and walkers are still on the part of the course that is split for the fast runners coming back. It's cool to see them pass and to cheer them on. Before they come along, a police car comes by to make sure everyone is pushed over to the left.
+ They changed up the finish area a bit, and now once you finished you went straight through the runners chute with the food and drink. Before you had to finish and then move down the hill to get the food. No more need for the runners food slip that you had to rip off your bib (even though it was still on there this year).
+ Post race food = bottled water, bananas, apples, mini ham or turkey sandwiches, and Fruit & Grain Breakfast Bar (strawberry).
+ Post race there's food and beer (not included in registration), free Rainbow Cone in small containers (I got one of the last containers), music, jumpy house for the kids. There's also a parade at 10:30.
+ Results on Active.com.

CONS:
- I was a little disappointed in the move of the finish line this year. It narrowed down to the path going down towards the park. We were going a bit faster than some others at the end, and it made it hard to pass since it was so narrow. I'm sure there was a good reason for the move, but I personally wasn't a fan.
- In previous years they gave medals to the top 3 of each age group. This year, only the top 3 men and women overall were regarded as winners (not sure if they received anything). This didn't matter for me, but I felt bad for my mom who usually receives a medal.

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