WHAT WAS AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
I'm quite partial to the stadium experience. I've done this race three times now and have rushed the field a couple times. I just love going by Ryan Field. If I didn't, my pocket book would be a lot heavier. They have done a lot to recruit fans at this event. Let's Tailgate as their merch tent set up. They play songs you would hear at Northwestern games. Even Pat Fitzgerald showed up and gave us some nice words of encouragement before he bolted to do the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley Field. Once again, the family stayed for a few hours afterwards to tailgate in the lots where we are nowhere near to ever affording to tailgate. Having a great relationship with the race director means a lot as well.
WHAT WASN'T AWESOME ABOUT THIS RACE
I noticed last year when I didn't own a dog, but definitely now that I do have a dog (Yes, I am and most likely will be that parent), I noticed the total lack of dog activities. The first year, the whole Walker Terrace was practically a dog park. Two removed as the race became more runner friendly, I feel like it has come less dog friendly. I feel bad because I feel like I am part of the problem. It was definitely a very dog friendly event before the runners came into the mix. On the plus side, they still allowed dogs, which are sometimes banned from CARA Circuit Races.
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