Generally, you don't see many people wearing their race shirts for the actual race, but this one is a bit different because it's all about school pride. When you register, you indicate which school you want, but there is also an "unaffiliated" option that gives you a classic blue on blue look. This race definitely has a tailgate feel - complete with mascots, cheerleaders, and fight songs.
|Starting line - ready to run!|
The course changed this year, giving it a more urban feel, starting right around Grant Park at the lakefront. We got lucky today, the heat and humidity took a bit of a break. My mom and I stuck together (per usual) and enjoyed the day. I have to admit I did get a bit of satisfaction passing people from rival schools! Added bonus of this race is that they serve Nuun on the course, and in case you're not aware, I'm a huge fan.
|Fighting Illini meets Wildcat|
Run This Race If: you went/attend a Big 10 school, like urban races with good things to look at, are looking for a summer race, like big medals and fun extras
Course: mostly flat, loop, varies between street/sidewalk/lakefront path, has staggard start corrals
What Makes It Unique: the Big 10 theme, chance to meet your favorite mascot, lots of events for adults and kids afterwords
Cost: register early and the 10k is $50, 5k is $40, and 5k for kids under 12 is $25
Date and Time: typically late July/early August, 7 AM start for the 10k 8 AM start for the 5k
Maybe we will see you out on the course next year, because I have a very good feeling I'll be back. Happy running and go cats!