Race Review: Frontier Days Races


On Saturday, July 3rd, the Frontiers Day Festival in the City of Arlington Heights brought back their 5K and 10K races and 5K walk. Runners gathered in the festival area in Recreation Park at 7:30 am to take to the streets of Arlington Heights. There’s nothing like carnival rides to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.

Parking was easy, as street parking was open and lots were available. Most runners only had to walk 2-3 blocks to reach the start/finish area and packet pick up was available on race morning.

The runners began right at 7:30 and wove through the residential streets of the city. Neighbors were out with sprinklers and cheers, making it for a fun trek through the area. The course was flat and all on city streets.

The heat was high at the start but the humidity was fairly low, and if you wanted to find shade along the route, you could if you hugged the sides. There was a nice crowd for the race, but it never felt like you were on top of other runners.

The 5K runners completed one loop and the 10K runners completed two. 5K walkers began a bit after the runners and also completed the same single loop. The energy was high as runners crossed the finish line to cheers and the festival.

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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