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
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
It was a beautiful, sunny morning last Saturday for Cinco de Miler, Chicago’s only 5-mile race. Okay, I was a little chilly at the start and that put a bit of a zap on my head. My performance was less than stellar; actually, my time may have even been a personal worse for the distance. However, my own race experience didn’t diminish seeing all the wonderful things this event had to offer. Read more
Sunday was another stop on my Chicago race tour. Since I started coming out here regularly over two and a half years ago, I have been trying to do all the iconic Chicago races. As a tourist, I did the Soldier Field 10, Shamrock Shuffle 8k, the Rock N Roll races, and Chicago Spring Half. Once I moved out here, I added the Chicago (Fall) Half, and started doing some shorter races favored more by locals (Bucktown 5k, Pumpkins in the Park). This past weekend it was the Ravenswood Run. Read more