Latest reviews by Jenny

(2018)
"Pleasantly surprised"
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SO since I worked for a company that also had a race division for 8 years, I get picky when it comes to races. I loved everything about this race, and was so surprised. First of all it opened up solider field parking garage so you could park there. then packet pick up was also easy. They had a high school choir singing Christmas carols, there were blow up Santa's everywhere. They had corral starts, there were cookie and candy stations on the course and at the finish line. And for race swag you received socks, hat, beard and t-shirt. And running on the lakefront with 1000s of santa's was fun. Also the race was competitive. You don't normally see people running in Santa suits running hard. I am not in shape to run fast but I like to try my best and I like it when the race has fast runners , it keeps me honest.

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(2018)
"ITS Dark!!!"
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I don't have any pictures and do to having a bad cold I had to walk the race instead of run. I have wanted to do this race for several years, However 2016 was the first and only year I was able to do it. Its an October race that starts at dusk in the historic rosehill cemetery. Since it is an neighbor hood run, and I lived close and could walk over, I am unsure if you could park anywhere, maybe on one of the nearby streets. It has a great atmosphere being in the cemetery at night, everyone has glow sticks, however it was very dark and easy to fall. I would recommend having a head lamp if you ran it.

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(2018)
"6hr Solo Run"
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So in 2014 or 2015 I first noticed this run and wanted to do it, but I had been unable to do it due to various reasons.
I realized about 3 weeks ago that the race was coming up and I decided the time was now. Was I in any short of shape to train to run for 6hr in 3 weeks no, my longest runs had been about 10 miles, but I decided to sign up anyways.
There are several events, a 5k, 6hr solo run, 6 hour relay, 12 hour solo run, and 24 hour run. I will say the relay looked like more fun, but last minute is hard to put together a team.
Different distances start at different times, the 6hr event started at midnight.
Then event is a 1 mile loop in a park near the High School.
Set is an area for tents along the on hill you run up( on every loop), I didn't bring a tent and wish I would have especially because it started raining at the end.
Your wear a chip that counts your loops, only full loops count.
They had a aid station set up where you cross the line to count your chips.
the aid stations had pretty much everything you could want, and they varied the food every few hours. PIzza came at midnight, pancakes came at 6am.
Its not how long you run, but how many laps you complete that determines the age group awards.
Swag is your choice, they have t-shirts, water bottles, hats, winter hats, and a few more things. How many swag items you get was determined by when you sign up.
Course Scenery: was fun, the path can be dark and was lite with christmas lights and christmas blow ups, christmas music was playing, and many people decorated their tents.
I definitely want to do this event again, but be in shape to run the entire time, and maybe find a few people to do the relay with.

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(2018)
"a 5k with donuts everywhere"
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I signed up for this 5k last minute. I was super happy with the entire experience. They had donut selfie stations set up. on the course there were 2 donut stations. The course was at Montrose Habor, not the easiest to get to if you don't have a car or uber. afterwards the amount of free food was crazy, there were donuts, iced coffee, potato chips, bananas and yogurt.

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(2018)
"So many Water Stations"
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This was my first half marathon in 3 years. I wanted to write the review while it was still fresh in my head. I have the goal of running a race in all 50 states. My in-laws live in Indianapolis and so I decided to run the mini. I also started with a goal of 2:05 and realized during training 2:15 to 2:20 was more realistic. and realized by mile 5 finishing was the only realistic goal.
I was unaware it was the biggest half marathon in the country, or that the course was so great. you had to use a seed time to get placed, or you would be placed in the 5th wave. I did not realize till a few weeks out that there was not race day packet pickup, there was also no bib mail out option.

I was driving in from Chicago, and would be cutting it close to expo closing time. Luckily my in-laws were able to get my packet. I did not go to the expo but heard it was awesome. the virtual goodie bag got you discounts to many races.
I used an older race time, but it somehow got me into the first wave of 5, and corral d out of z.
The race started at 7:30, and according to my bib I started at 7:33. And I did start at 7:33, I was 45 seconds behind the clock.

When I got to the race it was almost a mile walk from wave 5 to wave 1, I was dropped off about 2 blocks south of wave 5. I got there at 6:50 thinking I would need the time. The 5k went off at 7am, so my wave start was not set up yet. After the 5k went off the amount of 5kers that were showing up 10 to 15 minutes after the 5k started was astounding to me, what was even stranger was how they just let them start.

Once my wave was set up it became very clear to me I was in the wrong wave, I was near the 1:35 pace group, I had not run an half in a very long time, I had also only ever run under 1:50 once. On the plus side I could see the elite runners and Meb was running.
The race start did have great energy and the port o potties were very clean.
Once the race started, I knew it was not a great day for me, Chicago had a cold spring and it was about 30 degrees warmer then what I did my long runs in. I also was committing race no-nos to me, I was running in someone else's shorts, and using products I had not tested prior to race day.

However I was able to enjoy the run as much as possible for being over heated. There were so many bands and various forms of entertainment on the run, early on were bagpipes, country line dancers. SO much crowded support. I have done several Rock and Rolls and I will say with confidence that this course had more bands then the Nola, Las Vegas and Chicago Rock n Roll course.
There was a pit stop every mile, and I use intervals run 6 walk 1, which turned into run 4 walk 1 because of how bad I felt, but they were so close together at some points, it seemed like I was continuously hitting them right when my run interval started adding more walking to my running.
Just before Mile 6 to about Mile 8.5 you ran on the Indy 500 race track.

It was such a cool experience. You ran into the tunnel and Hoosier cheerleaders were there, then once on the track there was about 1/4 mile honoring fallen soldiers. and right before mile 8 you could kiss there track. I am unsure how I was able to get down and up to kiss it but I did.

My one issue was my stomach started acting up early on, and the race track I literally had no where to go, so I had to walk more to try to clam my stomach down, and because its black top I felt extremely hot. There was really nothing that could be done from the race stand point, there were bathrooms before and after the track. The run back from the track to the finish went quickly, there were even parts on the way back with sprinklers to run through. The finish had the checkered flags and a great view of the city as you ran over the bridge.
The finish line was a little congested. But overall I had a great race experience, and have only good things to say about this race. And there was a party in the park. I will say I could not find a beer, but maybe I did not look hard enough. Overall for such a big race, I was impressed with the aid stations, and course entertainment and overall organization.

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