Well organized, would've liked a 5k split time and the website advertised Nike shirts. Instead we got some knock off dri fit shirts and both my nipples chafed and bled for more than half the race which affected my time. Hopefully it will be a larger race next year so that the course could be on the street.
I loved the medal, thought the course and the volunteers were great. My only complaint was no bathrooms along the course. Every other race I have participated in this summer has provided bathrooms at every water/aid station. Fix that next year and this will be a can't miss.
It was a really fun race, however, my son is 11 years old and he was racing against 18 and 19 year old runners. We are recommending an age group for 15 year olds and under. Please consider, thank you.
I was in Chicago for four days, and this event perfectly coincided with my trip. It was my first 10K, and I was extremely impressed with it. It was very organized, the trail was beautiful and gave me a chance to see a side of Chicago I'd never experienced in my few trips to the city, and I loved the finisher's medal and shirt. If I just happened to be in Chicago for next year's race, I'd register in a heartbeat.
It was the inaugural race, and here is my opinion of the pros and cons:
PROS:medal was awesome!, volunteers were super involved and encouraging, which is nicer than some races where they look miserable to be there.
CONS: Shirt was way too big- very dissapointed especially since I had to pay extra for a tech shirt that I wont wear, no fruit at the finish. I would have liked a banana or other kind of fruit, especially since it was a 10K. I have seen better post race snacks at smaller races. Start corral and first half mile or so were way too crowded. Not enough room to maneuver around the other runners.
I may do the race again.
I enjoyed the race, downtown Chicago looked beautiful on our way back. I didn't like the fact that there were no medics along the route, I was cramping and no one was there to help or no snacks or fruit to snack on. After the race was over, no fruit and the samples were only limited to one per runner, didn't like that at all.The route was beautiful, I would run it again.
This was my first 10k and the only thing that sucked for me was that parking was so far away from the start line. The medal was awesome! The course was nice, my shirt is a little big but I will just try to shrink it. Overall, it was a pretty good race. I agree that some fruit would have been nice, but overall, I think it was a great race!
It was a great race! The only thing I did not like was the bikers along the path that were attempting to ride during the race. Some of them got frustrated and got off their bikes to walk. Other than this, I loved it! I'll do it again next year.
This was well organized, especially for an inaugural race. Volunteers were super helpful and enthusiastic. The shirt was nothing to write home about, but the sweet medal made up for that. I really enjoyed the course and since there weren't a ton of people, I did not experience any bottlenecks, even at the start. I would recommend this race highly for anyone who wants to do a quality 10K.
Good First Effort.
A couple big opportunities for next year.
1. Find a wider course. The path was too narrow and the grass on the edges was not flat enough. There was no escape path, especially around water stations where people forgot how to behave.
2. Better post race recovery options.
3. Dont put FINISHER on the shirt, You gave it to me before I ran the race. The medal is my proof of finishing. JINX!
4. Dont use a public trail. The bikes were dangerous and frankly annoying.
Take a look at the Ravenswood 5K setup.
1. Great Medal
2. Lakefront location was great
3. Good Energy from volunteers
Hoping for a bigger turnout next year. Will most likely go again.
The course was great and the volunteers were very encouraging and helpful. The t-shirt was a bit disappointing. My biggest complaint is the lack of fruit at the end of the race and the stinginess with the few snacks available.