This was my second year running the Soldier Field 10-Miler and I had a great race, despite a few little issues at the beginning. My boyfriend Matt and I arrived a teensy bit after the recommended 6am time, and the parking garage was full. We were redirected to a museum garage not far from the course, but I was a little frazzled. After deciding it was a good idea to hit the port-o-potty before the race, we missed the corral by 30 seconds. In general, it's a good thing that they don't let you in after the given time, but geez, they would not budge. The challenge then became trying to navigate through people whose pace was slower than ours. I'm not a particularly fast horse, but we found it tough to pass on some of the narrow paths, thus making it a little more challenging of a race than last year.
This was Matt's first experience with the race and he was impressed with the efficiency of packet pick up and the depth of the post-race festivities. It's an especially nice touch to have a serviceman or woman in uniform to give you your medal. I saw a long line of people waiting to have their photo taken with a group of them, and I thought it was really cool. Of course, running through the tunnel and out onto the field is pretty awesome too.
This is a great race to kick off the summer and get back into race mode. Just be sure to make your corral!