- 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
Chose this course specifically trying to qualify for Boston, I did! There was only supposed to be roughly 500 ft of elevation change and coning from Chicago this was very important to me. I can't say for sure if this was correct but there definitely were not a ton of hills. The first half of the course seemed to have a set of rolling hills, some a little steeper than I had expected. Sometimes making me question who said it was flat and fast. After the first half though it seemed to level out pretty well. The scenery wasn't all that great mostly subdivisions and a few "busier" roads which were blocked off very nicely. There was a stretch through a "wooded trail path" (I really enjoyed that part though very calm and peaceful, black top surface not actual trail). Since the race is still on the newer side spectators were few and far between, but I didn't mind this. The aid stations were every 1.5-2 miles it seemed and always well stocked with water and gatorade. I also believe there was one porto-pot at every water station as well. The race shirt and medal in my opinion were just ok. The tshirt had a nice fit/feel but the design wasn't anything to rave about same goes for the medal. Parking was stellar, you basically parked right at the start/finish area which was very nice for storing stuff (never saw a bag check) and then not having to walk far post run. The expo wasn't anything but a table set up in a mall, this could probably be set up somewhere else since there was nothing extra on hand. I'd say overall the race was excellent. It started on time, had results posted on site promptly, post race food was great (not vegetarian friendly for protein though brats hotdogs). I would definitely suggest it to someone looking to BQ or even run a well organized race. Not much to do in the area and it was about a 5 hour drive N of Chicago.