The 5K is my least favorite distance to race, but an inaugural race + free Tamales at finish line called my name.
It was sunny but a crisp 41 degrees in the morning on Sunday, October 17th, 2021 in Geneva, IL. It was a Perfect Running Day.
The race was held in Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, IL. The Race Director, Jose del Risco, said the motto for his race is #BeatYesterday. I firmly believe that my only competition is “me” and thought how perfect this race name is. I spent the last 7 days beating myself up emotionally for things I could have done better at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2021. I woke up this morning and decided to reset to run happy and healthy and, most importantly, to run to Beat my Yesterday.
Plenty of parking spaces were available on site at Fabyan Forest Preserve. A restroom, I mean, a real restroom with running water, was available on site. We had an option to pick up our race packet on Friday at Dick Pond in St Charles, Dick Pond in Lisle on Saturday, or on site pick up on race morning between 7:30-8:45AM. All runners received a race shirt and discount coupon for a pair of shoes from Dick Pond at packet pick up.
I chose to pick my packet up on the race day. It was such a smooth transaction. The Race Director encouraged runners and spectators to wear a mask at the start and finish lines to take necessary precautions, but neither masks nor COVID-19 vaccination proof were required.
About 100 runners gathered to participate in the Beat Yesterday 5K/8K race. The course was flat and scenic around the Fox River. The course was clearly marked and plenty of volunteers were available to direct the turning point. A water station (a small bottled water) was available around the 1.5 mile mark.
While I chose to participate this race in-person, there was a virtual option available. Another unique part of this race was “challenge option” to choose to approach the race with your partner or a total stranger who had similar time goals. Race Director, Jose, announced those runners and paired them at the start line to have a friendly competition.
As soon as I crossed the finish line, I was given a beautiful medal. Water bottles, muffins, and bananas were also available at the finish line. What makes this race unique is that all runners also receive one free tamale at the finish line courtesy of Tamales +. Varieties of Tamales including a vegetarian option was offered. I chose Italian beef with giardiniera. It was the best tamale I’ve ever had. Here’s the link to her Facebook page and you can order Tamales+ from the owner, Kathy Conteras. https://www.facebook.com/kathy.contreras.37
Mindy Davis from St. Charles participated in the 5K. She also participated in Chicago Marathon just a week prior. “I wish I had this weather last Sunday.” said Mindy. But she felt great today and her legs were all recovered to have an amazing finish.
Antonio Conteras from Aurora also participated in the 5K. He is another 2021 Chicago Marathon runner. He and his wife, Kathy provided over 100 tamales to this race to give back to the running community.
This event was Jose del Risco’s inaugural race. His career is a project manager and his passion is running. He combined two of his strengths together and decided to manage a race. From the boredom of covid, he came up with an idea but he also wanted to find something to replace his financial supplement as an Uber driver. But implementing running races are not only helping Jose and his family but the rest of his upcoming races will have charity organizations that will be benefitted. Please visit the website below to find upcoming 2022 race schedule and registration link. https://www.worthyourmile.com/racing.