Last Saturday I had the opportunity to run the Schiller Chiller 10k with some friends. The Schiller Chiller is a 5k/10k trail race through Schiller Woods and partially on the Des Plaines River Trail. The trail leads you over and under fallen trees and through mud. Sounds fun right?
The race didn’t start until 10 so I had a little bit bigger than normal breakfast of waffles and then headed over to Kelsey’s to catch a ride to the woods. Just like last time, there was little to no traffic to get to the race and on-site packet pick-up was a breeze. The only pre-race glitch I noticed was that there were only 2 porta-potties for 500 runners. By the time we got to the race area, the line was a pretty long and quite a few people didn’t get to use the facilities before race start.
One thing I love about the Muddy Monk’s races is how laid back they are. Around 9:55, Alyssa, Erin, Kim, and I walked over to the 10k start (Kelsey and a different Kim ran the 5k that started 15 minutes later) and before we knew it, the race had started.
The course had the perfect balance of obstacles and easy running along the trail. We also ran a fair amount along a wide path that definitely alleviate some of the race congestion. We hopped over fallen trees, climbed under branches, and even ran through a muddy spot.
My only complaint is that our course was about a mile short. I guess there was an error in marking the course and a .5 mile out and back wasn’t included on race day. It wasn’t a huge deal to me because I was out there to have fun and run with friends but I could see how it might be annoying to someone who specifically trained to run the 10k.
Time really does fly when you’re chatting with friends and before I knew it, we were at the finish line. My Garmin never started so I’m not at all sure what pace we ran but I also really don’t care, I had a blast running with these girls!
The festival area (start/finish) had music as well as food (free chili!) as well as hot chocolate and some adult beverages but by the time we finished the line was incredibly long. The weather was so beautiful that we all hung around outside after finishing the race, who would have thought it would be in the 50′s in Chicago on December 1st? Crazy.
While my race entry was paid for (all opinions are my own and all that stuff…) the race fees were very reasonable ($25 for the 5k, $30 for the 10k) and all 10k-ers received a mug and shot glass (5k-ers did not receive a shot glass) and we all also got long sleeved t-shirts.
I lounged in my shirt most of Sunday after my 20 miler.
Overall the race was great and I am definitely going to run one of Muddy Monk’s races in 2013. I would highly recommend them to any and all runners in the Chicago area (you do not need to be a trail runner to have fun at these races).
Have you ever run a trail race? Would you ever run one?