With training for the I-Challenge (5k + marathon) in late April, I haven’t really thought much about what other races I may want to run this spring. Plus, my free time is limited (although my Saturdays are temporarily free again) and I’ve really hard to prioritize which races I will run. If I’m going to spend my money to register, wake up early, and shift around my marathon training, the race better be worth it.
The Race That’s Good for Life 5k is one of the races that I will be trying to work into my schedule. It’s affordable, incredibly well run (as it should be after being named the best race in Chicagoland by CARA for two years in a row), and I had a blast running it last year with friends.
One thing that is especially unique about this race is the delayed men and women’s 5k start times. I actually hardly noticed it during the race last year but the course which winds through residential Oak Park was never overly crowded. All women also received a rose at the finish line. It is also flat and fast and while I didn’t race it last year and I most likely won’t this year, I can imagine it would be an ideal PR course.
Post-race munchies are also pretty awesome. Last year they had Jimmy John’s, Caribou coffee, popcorn, and then numerous stands with samples of Powerbars and gluten-free/vegan treats. I was pretty impressed and we actually hung around for quite a while sampling items and relaxing. It was quite the fun morning.
The Race That’s Good For Life is on Sunday, April 6 and registration is currently $35. However, if you register before March 31 and use the registration code CHICAGOSBEST2014 you can get $5 off your registration. This discount can also be combined with a CARA discount (again, before March 31st) for a total of $8 off registration which makes this race one of the most affordable 5ks in Chicagoland. Considering how well organized this race is, I’d say it’s totally worth it.