Skip to main content

Racing to Wrigley: Observations

Despite the (slight) prediction of rain this morning, the weather turned out to be perfect for the 7th Annual Race to Wrigley 5K. Lots of people came out for this one (supposedly more than 8000).

Even though the temperature was in the mid-50s I wore a jacket... which meant that I had to tie it around my waist when the run started... which meant that I probably looked as dorky as I did in the picture that Chicago Runner Girl posted on her blog. Oh well.

The course was nice and wide - they had full streets blocked off for this which was really nice and the mile markers were really visible. Especially cool to run through the ground level of Wrigley Field. But you can read my full review at Newcity.com!

Here are some things that stuck out for me during the race:

* At the starting line one woman tells another about the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco and how at the finish line "guys from Texas give you Tiffany necklaces." Since I am a guy from Texas and since I know (from a review written by a fellow runner) that it's actually firemen that give out the finisher's necklaces, this makes me feel more masculine. "Texan" = "fireman" in this woman's mind. Yes.

* There's a guy wearing no shoes. This seems cool on trail runs, but this is Wrigleyville. The streets are paved with broken glass... or at least shattered dreams. (To be fair, I don't know how sharp the latter are.)

* It's announced that Sean Astin is running this race. He has to say a few words into the microphone. He's very brief. This makes me think he would rather have just run anonymously. But now I'm picturing hobbit feet.

* Just after passing the first mile marker we run past a police officer. She's talking into her walkie-talkie. She says "Yeah. They're all already out of breath." I wonder who she's talking to and what they asked her.

* As we're turning to run through the Wrigley Field concourse for the last tenth of a mile, one guy pulls out of the pack to lean against the stadium and throw up. I imagine this is a more common occurrence in that exact spot than people running.

Out of Wrigley Field and towards the finish line

Comments

  1. Hello! See Sean's #run3rd blog here: http://run3rd.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow - very cool. Didn't know about this. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Strangely enough I live in this neighborhood and I often see runners with no shoes on and wonder what the hell they are thinking?! During the cubs season there is glass, vomit, and undescribables on the street that I wouldn't dare put my naked skin anywhere near. I guess some people are just willing to risk more then others for the sake of a run!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Carrera de los Muertos 2013

I loved last year's Carrera de los Muertos so I had to sign up again this year.

I got a ride down to Pilsen with Fuzzy and Erica (because they're super-cool and because Pilsen is not the easiest place to get to from Lincoln Square without a car).

We got there with plenty of time to spare, which was lucky because we actually needed all that time to park the car and get a parking slip and all that. We ended up getting to the starting line just about five minutes before the race started. Luckily, the gear check for this race is impeccable and once I had my bag checked I think there was still about three minutes before start time. So I stood around looking at all the scenery: with the sweet costumes and bright purple race shirts, along with the (artistic) graffiti on a lot of the walls along the course, I think Carrera de los Muertos has to be the most colorful race in Chicago.

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in March

No preamble this month, let's just talk about comedy.

March 1: Meechie Hall Live Album Recording at Laugh Factory

Chicagoan Meechie Hall - who performs, hosts and headlines all over town (and has for over a decade) - is recording his first comedy album at Laugh Factory. Produced and hosted by weekly comedy showcase Stand Up Stand Up, this live recording event will feature opening acts Michael Robinson, Ed Towns and Jake McKenzie. And just to prove that he really is one of Chicago's hardest comedians working, Hall will be back at Laugh Factory later the same night for BYOB Podcast Live with some seriously excellent stand-up comic guests.

March 2: Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour at Chicago Theatre

Last year Arlington Heights native Sebastian Maniscalco made the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid comedians for the first time, and accepted the accomplishment with humility and honest concern for the future: "I know things are good, but I'd hate to make the F…

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk aka The Trail Run You Didn't Know Chicago Had

It snowed all night. And it snowed all morning. And, as I write this, it is still snowing. In short, it's pretty snowy out there in Chicago right now. This morning - along with a number of other people who didn't know whether to be excited or concerned about all the snow - I ran the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

And as the title of this blog implies, it was way more than just a typical Chicago road/sidewalk/Lakefront Trail race: