The Red Eye is back! The Red Eye is back!
The Joliet Park District’s popular fall race took a year off in 2016, but they brought it back this year with a couple of new and fun twists.
The 8k distance was scrapped and replaced with a new, 5k, cross country style course that wound through the Inwood Golf Course. The mixture of golf course terrain and backtop paths made for a challenging but fun course, in a style that is not typically seen on the Chicagoland, road-dominated, race calendar. The soft grass and hills bring back fond memories for any former cross country runner; the finish on the track provides an opportunity for runners to bust out that last bit of speed.
JPD managed to still hold on to a bunch of the aspects of the race that people loved: great swag (hoodies this year), useful age group awards (running caps), and a great post-race party, complete with donuts and bloody marys.
Runners looking for a short, fun challenge at the end of the race calendar should keep this one on their radar. The new course provides a great break from the traditional, neighborhood 5ks that can be found all throughout Chicagoland; the folks at the Joliet Park District do everything they can to make sure that their community focused events are welcoming and fun to runners of all kinds.