Once I commited to the #RnRCHI weekend, I instantly knew that I would be adding the 5K to my race weekend. Taking part in the 5K on Saturday morning is a great way to get acclimated to the city and have a shake out run before the half marathon on Sunday. Plus, by running the 5K on Saturday in conjunction with either the half marathon or 10K on Sunday, you earned extra bling for completing the Remix Challenge. Of course I was in, I love bling!
There were a number of little cheer zones and spectators set up at this point of the course. High-fives and cheers are always a fave on mine, so thank you everyone who came out today.
Oh my word, y'all! Talk about FLAT! Coming from Atlanta, our definition of "flat" or "gentle hills" in Atlanta are likely hilly for others. Seriously though, I don't know if I have ever seen a course flatter than this. With less than a 40ft difference between the highest point and the lowest point on the course, my legs were a tad confused as to what the heck was going on. I did have quite a chuckle though at mile 2 when a woman told her friend, "ok, this is the last hill" and I just looked around trying to find the hill.
There were lots of smiles with some new PRs in the mix (congrats Gloria and Kathleen)! It was an absolutely picture perfect morning for a race for sure. Even though it was July, the temps were definitely in our favor this morning.
The finish line area was "smaller" in comparison to Rock 'n' Roll half marathon and marathon finish line festivals, but was defiantly still a great atmosphere. A great little band was playing throughout the morning in the park to entertain the runners and spectators. The Michelob Ultra beer garden was also boomin' - yes, even before 9am. Replenishing those carbs, right?
As we walked back to the hotel, we passed the Chicago Theater which is on the 5K medal, so of course we had to take a medal photo opportunity here. ;-) After this, I swear, we went to the hotel and got some rest.