Overall, this was a really fun race. The idea behind it was to be kind of like a kickoff party for the NFL season. There was a post-race "tailgate," and the Packers-Seahawks game was shown on the big screen in the park. It seemed like it was a race people did just for the shirt, or because they're Bears fans, which is fine. But if you really want to race it? I wouldn't recommend it for that purpose.
The packet pickup line was awful. It was supposed to open at 5, but ended up being more like 5:15. I was in line for what felt like forever, and it took me almost 40 minutes to cycle through. When the packet pickup information isn't released until the Tuesday before the race, this is going to happen. Plan accordingly.
Gear check was also a bit of a disaster. No one was told ahead of time that clear plastic bags needed to be used, and no clear bags were handed out at packet pickup. I nearly ran with my backpack until my friend and I found a clear plastic garbage bag and shoved 3 bags into it.
The course was a simple out-and-back on the LFT. Nothing spectacular, and nothing super challenging either. I did like the whole wave start idea - you signed up for a wave (one of 4 that were 15 minutes apart). Each wave was designated a player wave (Briggs, Cutler, Marshall, or Tillman). Your shirt and bib corresponded to your wave. So I have a super cool Briggs t-shirt, which is Nike and very high-quality. It really is worth doing this one for the shirt alone!
Post-race there was a ton of water, Gatorade, and snacks. Participants got a free beer (Miller Lite) and the opportunity to catch the game outside. I didn't stay for any of the festivities, but was told from a friend that they were well-done and a lot of fun. I'll definitely put this one my list for next year!