I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago last Sunday. It was awesome! There was also a 5k and between both events there were over 32,000 finishers making it one of Chicago’s biggest races. Sponsored by Allstate, Hot Chocolate has become one of those kind of iconic races that everyone does. With Shamrock Shuffle which opens the Chicago race season in March, it serves as as a bookend to the season in November. Read more
This weekend was supposed to be the 22nd running of the Teterboro Airport 5k. I say supposed to because after many years of dealing with hot races (an airport runway in July is rarely cool), this year’s forecast exceeded anything that was safe and for the first time, the event was cancelled. Read more
I know four of my last six posts have been race reviews. Can you stand another? Last weekend’s race was a great event for an even more important cause, so please bear with me another week.
We ran the 10k at the 20th Annual Ricky Birdsong Memorial Race Against Hate on Father’s Day. There were also 5k and Youth Mile and Half Mile races. Ricky Birdsong was the men’s basketball coach for Northwestern, who, just about 20 years, ago was murdered by a white supremacist. His killer went on a rampage that Independence Day weekend in 1999 that left 7 wounded and another dead. Read more
I still don’t totally understand the popularity of this race. The 42ndAnnual Bellin Run in Green Bay, Wisconsin last weekend had over 11,000 participants! It’s one of the largest fields for a 10k in the nation! The course was nice; rolling hills and winding streets through mostly residential parts of Green Bay and Allouez. In that regard it reminded me of the Ridgewood Run on Memorial Day in New Jersey. But the Ridgewood Run, while a big event, doesn’t have over 8600 finishers in the 10k. Read more