In two words, brrrr and fun! Yes, New Year’s Eve 2017 was definitely a chilly day for a 5k run with both single digit temps and wind by the lakefront; however, it was definitely still fun. Two clothing layers with thermal and shell options were the way to stay warm during this chilly race.
The start and end of the race was at the newly renovated and historic Theater on the Lake building along the Lakefront Path. Dynamic stretching was led by OTG Bootcamp, and the course was primarily along the lakefront with a cut along Diversey Harbor. It was difficult to keep my pace through the snowy sections; I was surprised that not all of the sidewalks had been cleared.
At the end of the race, there was official hot chocolate, which is a great warm post run treat with both carbohydrates and protein to refuel. Outside, Nuun Hydration was also available to replenish lost electrolytes, which is still important during winter runs; in fact, some people may sweat more depending upon their layers.
Inside (Hallelujah!) Theater on the Lake there was post run snacks including bananas and protein bars. Brunch was also available for purchase or for those that pre-purchased. The finisher toast included a mimosa or corona extra.
The major perks of this race included the adorable beanie and amazing medal for all participants. Gloves were also donated by the the Special Olympics Chicago. Other perks of the this run included easy packet pickup and parking; packet pickup was available at Fleet Feet Sports in Old Town prior to the race or the day of at Theater on the Lake. Convenient parking at Lincoln Park Zoo with availability to purchase for a discounted rate.