Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Rave Run 5k, Chicago 2013

Last night was the Rave Run here in Chicago!  It's 3.1 miles of light shows, lasers, DJs blasting music, smoke, and 4000 of your favorite runners in glow gear and black light reactive accents! 

Kevin and I had a little bit of stress in the logistics phase of our planning.  The race was at Millenium Park, so we weren't sure where we were going to park, or where the race start was located.  There was not a course map on the day of the race, so it was tough to see where the start/finish was or what the course would be.  Once we decided to drive and park at Millenium Park Garages, I got dressed and we headed out the door!

Getting out of the garage was insane.  Every time we opened a door that said "Exit", it lead to more parking!  There was no exit!!  AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

We finally got out of the garage and had just 10 minutes to find the start line.  ARGH!  There were quite a few other late runners, so we followed the glowing horde to the start line.  Once we got to the race site it was a little bit chaotic, but we had a few minutes to spare. 

They let people go in large groups about 2 minutes apart, and that was very helpful so the course wasn't too over-populated.  By far the most boring part of the race was the first mile.  There were hardly any lights and there were no speakers or DJs on this part of the course. 

After the first mile we went through the LED tunnel and ended up on the lakefront trail.  This was by far the best part of the race.  There were more speakers, lots of lights and glowy tube things and djs and it was awesome.

The race itself was pretty well organized.  It was not a timed event, but I was surprised that they didn't have mile markers.  Also, there wasn't anybody at the finish line keeping people from milling around on the trail after the finish.  There were tons of people just standing there and it really slowed down the finishers.  MOVE!

As I came in for the last .25 mile there was this great huge downhill bit before the LED tunnell, and from here I SPRINTED  to the finish.  I ran so fast through the finish that Kevin didn't even see me cross the line!

I came in with a 32:38 5k time.  This is a 4 minute improvement over the last race!!  5k PR!!  Woo Hoo!

I had a great time at this event, and would definitely reccommend it to those who 5k for fun.  If you are a serious runner, you might find this race frustrating.  There were a lot of slow runners and walkers on the course which made it hard to navagate at times.  For perspective:  I am not a fast runner (usually I run right around an 11 to 12 minute mile in training), but I was passing large groups of people for almost the entire course.  There were not corrals for different speeds.  It was just a "fun run".  Had a great time!

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