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On Sunday, November 17th, the second race in the Wisconsin Winter Run Series was held in Brookfield, Wisconsin, just a few minutes north of Milwaukee. The series began with the Pumpkin Run in October and will conclude with the Luck of the Irish run in March. The Winter Run Series is held in southern Wisconsin and is a great way to celebrate the holidays and race through the winter. You can participate in single events or the series as a whole. Points are totaled and posted at the end.

The races take place in the suburbs around Milwaukee and are generally about an hour from the state line border. Parking is always free and the races are extremely well organized. Each race includes a short sleeved, soft cotton, T-shirt and a medal at the end of each race. All have a 5K or 10K option and well supported, challenging courses.
On Sunday, the Elf Run had staggered start times with the 10K beginning at 9:00 and the 5K beginning at 9:10. 10K runners looped the course twice, while 5K-ers did just a single. The course began and ended at the local high school with easy and plentiful parking. Packet pick up was held in the gymnasium at the school, where runners were able to wait until start time.

The course left the high school parking lot and circle through the neighborhoods and along the streets of the residential area of Brookfield, Wisconsin. Runners ran with traffic, but the course marshals and police made sure to keep the running area clear and safe.

The course was challenging with hills throughout the entire loop. Aid stations were stacked every mile, but the cooler weather meant not many runners were taking hydration.

The race sold out, so the course was rather crowded, especially on my second Loop as a 10K runner, where I ran into the 5K walkers and slower runners. For the most part the crowding was manageable with the slower runners staying to the right.

The adorable elf themed T-shirt and medal were a great way to end the race, along with candy cane cupcakes for all participants. It was a fun way to get into the season and tackle an outdoor, winter race in Wisconsin. Check out the rest of the race series here. https://www.wiwinterrunseries.com/

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Mandi began running in middle school and never stopped. As a high school and college cheerleader, running was the exact athletic counterpart to keep her fitness levels high. While attending The John Marshall Law School in 2007, Mandi ran her first Chicago Marathon, the final year it was partnered with title sponsor, LaSalle Bank. Mandi has continued to run several marathons and half marathons each year. An Illinois licensed attorney, Mandi is currently the Executive Director of the Lake County Municipal League, a council of government representing 42 municipalities in Lake County. An avid weekend race warrior, Mandi tries to run 2-3 races each month from Milwaukee to Chicago and loves the opportunity to report about her experiences in Chicago Athlete

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