Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cupids Dash 5K Race Review

Cold morning for the Cupids Dash 5K in Highland Park.  My friend Colleen is the race director and I love this event b/c it is a fun theme, easy peasy for race logistics and very well run. 

I met up with some girlfriends but brought Josh along for the run.  He was tired and didn't want to wake up for a 8am race start as exhibited in the picture below.  We are officially in that stage where "if i don't want to be here, you will know it" with josh! hahaha

For the run, Jen was nice enough to hang back with me.  Josh took off and Denise ended up winning her Age Group! Jen and I caught up on lost time and enjoyed the chocolate aid station.. potentially a little too much b/c we shoved a ton in my back pocket of my Lulu jacket and ended up washing it!
Crossed the finish line and met up with the ladies and Josh.  We hung out for a bit and then rushed home to catch the 2nd and 3rd hour of church.  Fun morning with friends and love Colleen's races!


Sunday, over 300 athletes participated in the North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash 5K in Highland Park hosted by Carpe Diem Racing.

Racers welcomed the warmer temps in the mid 30’s compared to last years race day when the wind chill made it feel like -2.  With same-day packet pickup and hundreds of parking spots within a one to three minute walk, it is a perfect event for anyone looking for an easy logistical race.
Swag included a dry tech shirt, finishers medals and lot of goodies from sponsors along with giveaways in the refresh area.  The course covers parts of downtown Highland Park and quiet suburban streets with almost no traffic in sight.  Depending on your race goals, you were able to hydrate with fluid and/or chocolate along the course with a water station and chocolate station.  Police and volunteers were at every major corner providing a safe experience for all.

The men’s overall winner was Josh Ruston finishing in 17:47 with David Erf and Zach Herrmann taking 2nd and 3rd with times of 18:39 and 18:53 respectively.  Brittany Heninger won the Women’s race with a time of 19:47.  Theresa Brown finished in 2nd (20:47) and Michelle Martin rounded out the podium in 3rd (22:41).  Along with Overall and Age Group Winners, there was a costume contest for the most festive runners. Some really got into the Valentine’s Day spirit.
Athletes were able to refresh post race with water, hot chocolate, bagels, bananas, granola bars and more chocolate.  The race also has a charity element with teddy bears being collected for the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to comfort children/families that are seeking refuge from sexual assault and abuse.  It was great to see so many bring a teddy bear and provide a service while enjoying their race.   Racers are able to run the course for a PR or walk with friends making it a perfect race for a family affair.

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