This past weekend, CARA hosted the Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler + 5K at Montrose Harbor. An amazing acapella group sang the national anthem to kick off both distances at 9 a.m. Many participants wore their bright orange quarter zip swag on the crisp morning. The race is popular with those excited for spring racing season and longer distances. Spring fever proved to be contagious as the race sold out before packet pickup even began. Racers completing the 10 mile faced the infamous Cricket Hill two times this year. Along with increased elevation gain, the race introduced a new competition to see who could reach the top the fastest. Top male and female were awarded the title of fastest “Jack and Jill” to get up the hill! For many, the second time up the hill wasn’t quite as fast as the first. Picturesque views of the skyline, lake and harbor helped pass the time for runners along with enthusiastic aid stations. Many runners mingled in the post race area with lots of tents and rewarded themselves with complimentary pizza and/or beer. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring!
Nicole Kesten is a Chicago Athlete Magazine ambassador. To read more of her athletic adventures, visit nicolekesten.blogspot.com.