Packet Pickup: Scott got our packets at RRS Chicago and that was smooth and easy. I am a fan of RRS and Scott made an easy detour on the way home to get them. He said no worries, no hassle. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezie (as my son would say). Shirts were cotton white, nothing special and from what I understand, standard for "color" runs.
Pre-Race: The race was the on the SW side of the city so we wanted to give ourselves enough time to get there. We got off the HW and the traffic was backed up on Harlem for ~2 miles (per our GPS). We weaved through side parallel streets and parked at 8:30. Even though it was at a Stadium, parking was limited as half of the lot was for the race. When we pulled into the lot, we lucked out with getting a spot right by the exit to the main street. It was easy to tell that the exit was going to be a cluster so we were pumped to score an "easy out" spot. The people next to us also were so excited, they forgot to turn off their car!!!! We turned it off and left the keys in the center with a note saying "getting our spots was so exciting you left your car running!"
As this was my first color run, my thoughts about the race were quickly affirmed once we got into the staging area. It isn't really a run.. it is a fun experience with friends. We also realized we forgot J forgot his sunglasses in the car and said he didnt want to go back. (more on that later) With no mile markers, timing or even clock at finish... i am not sure it can even be called a race. However, people seemed to be really excited; buying tons of extra swag and taking tons of pre-race clean pics. So, we went with the vibe!
Race: The 'race' started at 9 am. And by 'started'... it meant people lined up in a crazy long line to be released in waves. They said they were going to release groups in waves every 5 minutes (600-700 people at a time). However, it was first come first serve and the line was crazy with people cutting. Again, since i considered it an experience and our friends were running late, we chilled, danced and josh started to get intrigued with the concept.
|Christmas Card Success|
Post Race and Thoughts:
Race was a fun one time thing for us. I really was hoping to get a shot for our Christmas Card montage (which I think was a success) and thought josh would have a blast.
As a 'race', it definitely had room for improvement
- set waves and regulating it- There were some people that were still starting when we were leaving and they probably were there at 9:00. Not cool. These people could have showed up at 10:30 for their wave.
- Having a mini first aid kit after every dye station (as in: either saline water, eye droppers and non-pilling cotton squares plus a regular kit)
- There was no water station. They did alert people to this but because this race is many peoples first 5K, it is good to have water as an option for newbies. I will say, I really loved seeing a lot of people tackling their first 5K today. That is something that is great about these types of races.... gets people out that normally wouldn't.
- Consider allowing people to double park in the parking lot. We were lucky to have a sweet spot with an easy out but I know some people weren't as lucky b/c of the double parking.
We probably won't be back. We got our Christmas Card pic so we will call it a day.