Latest reviews by Lisa

(2016)
"Best tour of the City EVER"
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Running the 2016 Chicago Marathon this year was my 3rd time participating in it and my 4th Marathon. I entered via the CARA MIP and trained all summer with CARA, being a group leader with the 10:30 Awesomes out of Montrose Harbor. Race weekend was here before I knew it. The expo was amazing, I volunteered on Friday morning and enjoyed the expo itself Friday afternoon. The 26.2 was amazing, from mile 1 to 26.2, I enjoyed everything. My favorite area was Pilsen by far. The excitement was electric, the spectators are kind, giving (got Motrin and a Popsicle and a "keep on, you got this!") and I didn't want to leave. I cannot say enough about this race.

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(2015)
"Another great Fleet Feet race! "
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This was my first time running the Rudolph Ramble 8k. Packet pickup was seamless, all Fleet Feet locations held a simulataneous packet pick up over a few days, perfect! The weather couldn't have been better either was we made our way down to Diversey Harbor. The staging area was a bit muddy due to the rain, but Santa was there with an elf and giant reindeer;) the race started on time and went north a wee bit past Belmont and then looped back south to North Ave. great course, perfect running day for December! The volunteers were great and the donut at the end tasted so good:) perfect way for me to end my racing season for 2015! Merry Christmas!

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(2015)
"Running for a great cause: cure arthritis! "
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This year, I ran the Jingle Bell 10k for my friend's daughter, Charlotte, who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The Jingle Bell 10k was held at Peggy Noetabart Nature Museum at Diversey Harbor. Packet pickup was not done by me (thankfully) as the only location was at Roadrunner Sport on Clybourn from 4-7 on two days before the race or at the race. Not too convenient. The race itself made up for that. The race is to raise money for research for arthritis and try to find a cure. The race was small that morning for the 10k. There were a great deal of others out for the 5k and the walk, which was great! The course was a simple 3 out (up to Montrose and around Cricket Hill) and back. Being a warmer December day, I would have liked to have one more aid station (hard to judge the need in December) on course. Overall, I was extremely happy as I placed 3rd in my age group!! My first placement in a top 3 ever!! I def would recommend this race as it was small and for a great cause.

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(2015)
"Fun way to start Thanksgiving Day"
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Great way to start Thanksgiving day by starting with the Flying Turkey! I love that the race is so close, fast course, little chilly at times with the lake breeze, easy street parking and the EL is super close and this is a race that the kids can come to, too. The price is def right for a local 5k, I love that there is a charity component as well, giving back is very important. The hat is nice, different kind of swag to have:)

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(2015)
"Way too expensive for me, but nice race"
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I ran this race as a pacer and did not pay for my entry. That being said, I personally would have NOT paid the $80+ dollar entry fee for the race. This was my first time running the Hot Chocolate 15k. I have heard NOTHING but bad things about it in the past and that it was a complete shit show, but when the pacing opportunity came along I thought I have absolutely nothing to lose. I did not attend the expo, but my husband who picked up my packet said it was "ok, but very inconvenient to get to" being downtown (parking, traffic, etc.) The swag is cool, the jacket you get in lieu of a shirt is very nice, form fitting. I really like it a lot. ended up parking with ParkWhiz for 15 bucks 2 blocks from where us pacers met. The parking was easy with the prepaid voucher and getting out was a breeze. The corrals were out of control. The people in charge of monitoring them were not doing a very good job ( I paced L but there were TONS of back corrals in the staging, corrals went all the way to w!!). This not only crowded the corrals but screwed the runners with all these people doing 5ks, walking, etc. There is a reason for corrals, either don't have them or enforce them. I paced the 10 min/mile group in the L corral, I had no one at the start, but ended up with 5 lovely women at the finish (more on that!). The start was right on time, I crossed the start line at 745am, perfect. We went on columbus to lower wacker...which is nice BUT EVERYONE around me LOST SATELLITE reception!! Shhhhhhiiiittttt!! As a pacer, I need to know my time!! Also, all those people who sneaked in ahead in to different corrals were also WALKING at .75 of a mile!! Grrrrr!!! Waaaayyyy too many people for the start. There were A LOT of people around me complaining about that, hopefully this is resolved for the future. Once out of the tunnel and on to the street, My garmin was a mile behind and I relied solely on the time on my garmin, not the pace. I feel there were plenty of aid stations giving water, gatorade and chocolate treats (I did NOT see any puke along the way which really surprised me!). The volunteers at the aid stations were great, THANK YOU! The course was nice, looped downtown and then south on Michigan to 31st street, looped down and out and back and then to the Lakefront to McCormick Place and the path and to the finish. The course was nice, I am usually used to the North Lakefront path so running this way was a treat to me. The ladies who ended up with me were great, I really enjoyed pacing with Beast Pacing for the first time. We all finished strong, 1:33:06 for the 15k! I did NOT like the long trek after crossing the finish line to get water, though, that is ridiculous. There should be water much sooner. The even LONGER walk to the finish area to get our goodies is also ridiculous. Bobbing and weaving thru spectators and tired runners to get chocolate is hard, but I was happy I did so and got my chocolate. Overall, I had a great time. I would not pay the entry fee (way to much for me, I would rather do a half for this price), but I would def do the race again as a pacer or if i didnt have to pay:) run happy!

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