Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Race Recap: Rave Run 2013

Scott and I ran in Chicago's Rave Run on Saturday night, and it was great.  As I told my mom, I didn't break any records, but I didn't break any bones.  That's a win for me.  :)


The race started at 8:30pm so it was run entirely in the dark!  It started - and finished - in Grant Park, and took a big loop around that area.  There were several thousand runners, all decked out in neon and glowsticks.  Ha!


The race itself was great - cool course, spirited runners and enthusiastic crowds - but I had a couple gripes.  There was no gear check.  Not a big deal, but every other race we've run in had one, so we didn't anticipate it (poor Scott had to carry our full-sized backpack for all three miles).  Secondly, the course was unmarked - meaning that there were no mile markers.  Neither of these were a big deal, but the race was between $25-$50 per runner (depending upon if you used a Groupon-type deal or paid full price) and about 5,000 ran so they made a ton of money.  I think a little of that cash could be diverted from the crazy light show or fog machine and moved toward a secure gear-check area and mile markers.



It was my first race post-Boston, and while it was definitely not a marathon, it still felt slightly disconcerting to be in these huge groups of people (especially when there was no gear check, so many people were wearing backpacks).  Does that make me paranoid?  Probably, but it's a feeling and I acknowledge it.  I also didn't let it stop me (screw you, terrorists) and felt very good about my run.  My lungs were tired but my heart was full.


Solid race.  I'd do it again next year.

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